A loan of $3,600 helped a member to purchase merchandise such as bags of sugar and bags of rice.

Urpis De Confraternidad Group's story

(In the photo, Esther is the one raising her hand).

Mrs. Esther was born in the city of Cusco (Peru) and she is 50. Currently, she lives in the same city in which she was born and where she now works. Esther is a hard-working, enterprising and responsible mother, who is getting her children ahead. Esther sells food in her small store located in her home in the highly populated district of Santiago, Cusco. She can be found in her business from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Esther sells food at the flea market in Cusco. She has had this business for several years and it is going very well for her thanks to the effort that she puts into her work. Now, Esther needs this loan to purchase merchandise such as bags of sugar and bags of rice.

The members of the "Urpis de Confraternidad" communal bank meet every thirty days in Cusco city. The communal bank is made up of people who are hard-working and enterprising, who are always looking for opportunities to get ahead and to offer a better future to their children through their daily efforts. The other members have various businesses such as, for example, selling groceries, selling food, selling hardware products, selling clothing, and selling juice.

Cusco is known for being a very touristy place, as well as being a commercial area. It is known for its traditional Inti Raymi fiesta, and because it is home to one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.

In this group: Esther, Alicia, Hilario, Dolores, Manuela*, Eleuteria, Daniel, Cirila, Faustina, Gregoria, Margarita, Ana Maria*

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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