A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy several pigs.

El Surcador Group's story

Mrs. Isabel was born in the city of Cusco and lives in the Panarhuaylla Community in the province of Anta. (Isabel is the one raising her hand in the photograph).

She has a common-law husband and four children (Ingrid, 19, José Ángel, 13, Evelyn, 12 and Yudith, 6). She is a hard-working, responsible mother who helps her children get ahead. She raises small animals such as pigs, chickens, and guinea pigs. She has always been involved in agriculture and grows corn, lima beans, quinoa, barley and wheat. For several years now she has been in this traD. which is going well thanks to her hard work.

Isabel belongs to the communal bank "El Surcador" and her first loan in the amount of 300 PEN was used to buy pigs. Now she wants to buy several more pigs which will cost between 300 and 500 PEN.

The members of the communal bank "El Surcador" meet every month in the Panarhuaylla Community. The bank is comprised of working entrepreneurs who look for every opportunity to get ahead and give their children a better future. Most of the members live in Panarhuaylla and their work involves sales of small animals such as guinea pigs, food sales, livestock farming, agriculture and crafts.

The Panarhuaylla Community is located an hour away from the city of Cusco. Cusco is known for its tourism, commerce and Inti Raymi traditional festivities and for being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World: "Machupicchu".

(The member appearing in the lower part of the photograph arrived late for the meeting.)

In this group: Isabel, Claudia, Rene*, Susana, Martha, Fortunata, Maria, Dionicia*, Leonor, Facunda, Criselda, Victoria, Ingrit Estefany
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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