A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy display cases and material for floral arrangements for her daughter's business.

Jardines De La Luz Group's story

This member belongs to the communal bank "JARDINES DE LA LUZ" which, because it is new, is a small group just starting to obtain loans and hoping to grow. It is located in the city of Cusco in the district of Poroy, inside a cemetery by the same name in the province and department of Cusco.

One of the members, Maria Antonieta, is 34, single and has three children: a daughter who is 18, a son who is 8 and daughter who is 6. In the cemetery she rents a coffee shop where she sells sandwiches, softdrinks, sodas, cakes, coffee, tea and other items. She is in need of a loan to help her daughter in a new business. Her daughter has taken "trufan" ( ribbon-tying) and floral arrangement classes in the city of Lima. They will both share business space and the mother will buy a display case. Trufan is a material used to make bows, wrappers and ribbons for flower bouquets. The member will be in charge of making the different floral arrangements and will exhibit them in her space. This is a new type of business at this cemetery since there is no nearby floral shop. The loan will be used to buy display cases for her daughter's business and to buy trufan and other materials for floral arrangements.

The other members are cemetery workers who have different jobs such as plot maintenance, grave and burial workers and everything related to this work.

The member is very grateful for the loan and committed to paying it back on time as she has done with previous loans.

In this group: Jacinto , Marcos , Maria Antonieta, Pedro , Marco , Rene , Norberto *, Maximiliano
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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