A loan of $2,325 helped a member buy bran to feed cattle.

Urkupiña Group's story

The village bank “URKUPIÑA” is a group of 7 women and 1 man who are beginning their second cycle. Their work experience on the first cycle was positive, so they've decided to continue as a village bank and request again the services of Pro Mujer. Each of the members has her own business, offering a service, product or commerce. As an organization, the village bank Urkupiña has a directive board led by a president, Maria; a treasurer, Emiliana; and a secretary, Miguel.

The president, Maria, has 7 children, two of whom live with her. For 15 years she has had a business making and selling cheese. She took classes to learn to make cheeses, from the most fine (swiss, fat-free, montañez) as well as traditional queso criollo.

Maria planted food to give to her cows, but nevertheless she also needs to buy food for them. The cheeses are sold in the July 16th fair, the Villa Tunari fair, and the Villa Adela fair. Maria says with pride that her children help her in the work, and that "alone it wouldn't be possible".

When you ask Maria what attracts her to the bank, she says "participating in the group". The communal bank Urkupiña looks larger, since the original members were joined by two additional women indicated that they would like to join (the woman in the beige sweater, and the woman in the blue hat) and a friend of the group (the woman with the plaid shawl and blue hat).

In this group: Maria, Miguel, Rina Emiliana, Susana, Adda Nilda, Wanda, Maria Elena, Fanny Jeaneth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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