A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy more merchandise.


Fuerza 2008 Group's story

The village bank "Fuerza 2008" has been functioning for 2 1/2 years now and is made up of women and men. The members are hardworking and enterprising and are always looking for opportunities to move forward and with their daily efforts to give their children a better future. The bank meets every 30 days in the central office of the Association Araiwa. The majority of the members live in the city of Cusco and have different livelihoods.

The economic activities of the members are, for example: selling groceries, selling bread and cakes, selling food and selling clothing. Other members offer services such as car washing and security.

Lila, 23 years old, was born in the district of Cusco in the department of Cusco, Peru. Currently, Lila works in the restaurant "Don Ceferino" as a waitress and sometimes works as a bartender. She has worked there for 3 years and it is going very well.

Lila is a studious young woman, and is studying for a professional career in economics. Lila and her friend Claudia have a small business selling clothing, and they use the facebook account "Pa la lady" to offer their products. Lila needs the loan to buy more merchandise, such as dresses, shoes and wallets.

One member, Ruth, is not in the picture because she is traveling.

In this group: Lila Yan, Juliana, Ruth Carmen Rosa*, Estefania, Americo, Manuel David, Teresa Leonor, Claudia Andrea, Rosa
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus



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