A loan of $4,325 helped a member to buy corn to prepare chicha, a local beer, and to buy fertilizers for her cultivated land.

Virgen Del Carmen Group's story

The members belong to the “Virgen del Carmen” Communal Bank, located in the district and province of Urubamba in Cusco department.

Salome is married and 55 years old with 6 children. She makes and sells 'chicha' (a home-brew maD. from corn), and also has cultivated land where she sows corn, cabbage, and 'asnapa' (an herb). She sells her crops in the market at Urubamba and her chicha in the village of Huayocari. Salome wants to expand both her crops and her chicha business. She requests a loan to buy corn and the special 'jora' corn used in making chicha, and also fertilizers for her cultivated land.

The other members sell vegetables, practice agriculture, sell meat, work as laborers, and raise cattle.

The members are grateful for all who form a part of their dreams by this means, and they promise to comply with their payments as scheduled.

In this group: Salome, Inar*, Solia, Mery Luz, Augusta, Hilda, Reyna, Graciela, Ruth Karina, Martha, Hector, Encarnacion, Anastacia, Sabino, Juana
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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