A loan of $2,600 helped a member to buy small farm animals and a few dry grains that she doesn't grow.


Yayanmarca Group's story

Ubaldina, 35, is a member of the ‘YAYANMARCA” communal bank which is located in the community of Yayanmarca, Cusipata district, Quispicanchis province, Cusco department. She has a life partner and six children. Throughout her life she has had to work at whatever was possible that would produce income in exchange. Not having finished secondary school and believing, like in the old days, that the more children one had the greater ability to cultivate the fields and earn more money to eat and have health, those priorities led her not to plan her family. With no other alternative now, she must split herself up to work from sun to sun. She works selling dry goods (maize, dehydrated potato, L. beans, grains, Quinoa, broad beans, pallares beans). She also sells small farm animals (guinea pigs and barnyard fowl). She sells in the Combapata market. In addition, when suppliers bring coca leaves from the Peruvian jungle in small amounts she takes them to her stand in the market to sell too. Coca leaf is considered to be a sacred plant and Incas grew it in antiquity. It’s currently part of our cultures and it’s known only for its properties, not as a drug. In Andean society this leaf is too sacred to desecrate using it for evil like some humans do against other humans. With what her sales of products and small animals produce she educates and feeds her minor children. She is asking for a loan to buy small farm animals and a few dry goods that she does not grow herself. The other group members alternate their activities with retail sales. They grind grains. Most of them have small or large mills that they least out in town to grind various products which the people can then go sell at wholesale in cities throughout most of Perú. She is grateful for and values the loan granted by this means and at the same time pledges to repay in a timely fashion.

In this group: Paulina , Otorino , Sonia , Ubaldina, Maria Esperanza , Alejandrina , Juana , Silveriana , Tomasa , Remigia, Nayda
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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