A loan of $3,750 helped a member to purchase 48 chickens.


Santa Rosa De Collana Group's story

The Santa Rosa D. Collana communal bank has already been in operation for two years and it is comprised of hardworking and enterprising women and men who always look for opportunities to get ahead and to proviD. a better future for their children with their daily effort. The communal bank meets every 30 days and the majority of the group members live in the community of Collana which is located 30 minutes from the city of Cusco.

As an example, some of the group members’ businesses are in toy sales, tamale sales, handicraft sales, buying and selling guinea pigs, chicha sales, raising guinea pigs, clothing sales, and grocery sales.

Erika is 27 years old and was born in the community of Collana, in the San Jerónimo district of the Cusco province. Erika currently lives with her husband and two children in the same community. Her main job is doing tasks such as typing on the computer, photocopies, and other tasks and her work place is located in front of Universidad San Antonio Abad del Cusco.

With her next loan, Erika hopes to receive 200 Peruvian Nuevos Soles (PEN). She wants to create another business that consists of raising and selling chickens and with the money from the loan, she will purchase 48 chickens at this time. Erika’s dream is to construct a building in her house in order to rent the apartments.

Erike is the president of the communal bank and she is raising her hand in the photo.

In this group: Remigia Julia, Jeannete Marlenne, Erika Maritza, Edizabel, Lorenza, Fidel, Fortunata, Carolina, Sonia, Lucila, Nelly Mercerdes
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kathleen O'Connell



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