A loan of $2,525 helped a member to buy fertilizer and seeds.

Los Tres Barrios - Qoricancha Group's story

Señora Isabel, who is 31 years old, was born in the province of Anta in the Cachimayo (Cusco) district, and she now lives in the community of Qoricancha in the Chinchero district of the Urubamba province in the department of Cusco. She settled in this community some years ago, and this is where she carries out her business activity.

Isabel is married to Señor Cesar, and they have two children. They strive to raise their children, working in handicrafts, agriculture, and raising livestock. They have worked in these areas for several years, and things are going well for them, thanks to the effort that they put into their work. At this time Isabel needs a loan to buy fertilizer, seeds, and other additional items that are needed for the planting of potatoes and corn.

The meetings of the members of the communal bank "Los Tres Barrios -- Qoricancha" (The Three Neighborhoods -- Qoricancha) are held every month in the community fo Qoricancha in the home of one of the members. The communal bank consists of people who are workers and entrepreneurs who are always looking for opportunities to advance and, through their daily effort, to give a better future to their children. The majority of the members live in the community of Qoricancha, and the businesses of the other members are, for example, food sales, raising small animals, selling grains, selling root vegetables, selling meat, and making handicrafts. The community of Qoricancha is located about and hour and a half by car from the city of Cusco. Cusco has been known for many years as the "Archaeological Capital of the Americas."

In this group: Isabel, Valeriana, Benigna, Valentina, Mario, Aquilino, Melquiades, Paulina, Rolando, Marleny, Irma, Fidel, Juliana, Percy

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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