A loan of $900 helped a member maria, Elizabeth, and Asenciona need loans of 1000, 1200, and 400 soles (3 soles = $1), which they will invest in buying cows, beauty creams, cosmetics, pork, guinea pigs (which are eaten in Peru), and chickens.


Maria Jesus' Group's story

Maria, Elizabeth, and Asenciona have been part of the community bank “Inti”, which means “sun” in Quechua, for six years.

Maria is 30 years old and lives with her partner and two children. She and her husband raise cattle on their farm in the town of Santiago de Pischa and sell them at the San Juan de Bautista cattle market. In addition, four months ago Maria began selling cosmetics from a catalogue.

Elizabeth is 37 years old., married and has two children. Elizabeth has a beauty salon in the city of Lima and also sells beauty products from a catalogue.

Meanwhile, Asenciona is 50 years old. She is married and has four children. Asenciona travels to the market in Huanta where she buys animals which she later butchers and sells in the town of Quinua.
Maria, Elizabeth, and Asenciona need loans of 1000, 1200, and 400 soles (3 soles = $1), which they will invest in buying cows, beauty creams, cosmetics, pork, guinea pigs (which are eaten in Peru), and chickens.

An important part of the community bank is the interest earning savings account that each associate has. Maria, Elizabeth, and Asenciona plan to use their savings to increase the capital available for their businesses and to pay for their children’s education. Their dreams are to buy a car, study cosmetology, open a spa in their home, and give their children a good education.

In this group: Maria Jesus, Elizabeth, Asenciona



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