A loan of $3,100 helped a member to start a farm to raise chickens and guinea pigs.

Qochasaywas Group's story

Nisida was born in the city of Grau - Progreso, in the department of Apurímac. At present, she lives in the city of Cuzco (in the photograph, Nisida is raising her hand).

Nisida is in a common law marriage and is expecting a baby. She is eight months pregnant. She is young, hardworking and responsible and is going to get her family ahead. At the moment, she is not working because she is expecting, but before she worked in a store selling candies. Her husband Darwin supports the family working as a bricklayer.

Nisida belongs to the “Qochasaywas” communal bank and at this time she requires the loan to start a farm to raise chickens and guinea pigs.

The members of the “Qochasaywas” communal bank meet every month in the city of Cuzco. The bank is made up of hardworking, enterprising people who are always seeking opportunities to get ahead with their daily hard work and give their children a better future. Most of the members live in Cuzco and the economic activities of the other members are, for example, selling small animals such as guinea pigs, food, cosmetics, candies and artisanal crafts.

Cuzco is known for tourism, trade, and its traditional Inti Raymi festival. In addition, it has one of the seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu (the members who are in the bottom of the picture came late to the meeting).

In this group: Nisida Ruth, Luis Pedro, Saturnina, Ida Ruth, Maritza, Carmen Rosa, Renee*, Maria Elena, Liuba Luz, Bertha
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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