A loan of $4,350 helped a member to buy an industrial gas stove.


Las Orquídeas Group's story

Sra. Yony was born in the city of Cusco and still lives there. She has been a widow for 18 years and looks after her two children with great care. Yony is a responsible, friendly, and hardworking mother who sells food as a street vendor. She is at her vending stall between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday through Saturday. In addition, she sells “ceviche” (marinated seafood) on Sundays on the doorstep of the Simón Bolivar School in the city of Cusco. Yony has been in business for 17 years and has done very well as a result of the effort she puts into her work. She is taking this opportunity to request a loan so that she can buy an industrial gas stove.


(In the photograph, Yony is the woman raising her hand.)


In the Department of Cusco, the capital city of Cusco has been known for many years as the “Archaeological Capital of the Americas”. The Communal Bank “Las Orquídeas” (The Orchids) meets every 30 days at the central offices of Asociación Araiwa in Cusco. This Communal Bank consists of hardworking and enterprising individuals who take every moment to find opportunities to get ahead. Through their daily efforts, they are able to provide a better future for their children. Most of the members live in the city of Cusco. Some examples of their business activities include selling food, selling grain, selling juices, and selling herbal medicines.

In this group: Gerarda Yony, Roxana Fany, Edgar, Luisa, Luz Marina, Carmen Luz, Rosa, Denisse Enma, Yuly Lisbeth, Maria Magdalena, Delia, Teresa, Josefina, Adolfo Alexander

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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