A loan of $2,975 helped a member to invest in buying corn.


Puka Pukayoq Group's story

Genara is a member of the “Puka Pukayoq" community bank which is located in Ollantaytambo district, in Urubamba province, in Cusco department.

Genara is 58 years old, married, and has eight children. She currently lives with two of her children and is supporting them in their studies. Genara's main source of income for her household is farming. She also raises animals and makes and sells 'chicha' (a corn-based drink). She has been in the chicha business for 30 years in the beautiful and traditional town of Ollantaytambo. Genara is requesting a loan to invest in buying yellow corn to make chica. The other members of the group farm, raise animals and work as teachers and nurses. Genara appreciates the loan and pledges to make her repayments according to schedule.

Felicia does not appear in the photo because she had a small car accident three days ago and still has hematomas on her face. Lucy and Susan Ruth also asked not to be photographed for health reasons, but did come into the office in Cusco during different hours to sign the contract.

The other members work in agriculture, farming, teaching, and nursing.

In this group: Brigida, Lucy *, Norka Nohemy, Jesusa , Susan Ruth*, Felicia, Sebastian , Juana Paula , Virginia , Leonor , Teofila
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard



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