A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy chickens and chicken feed.


Nueva Ilusión (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Nueva Ilusión” (New Hope) communal bank is composed of nine members who are enterprising, tenacious, very hardworking women earning their daily bread through their efforts and raising their families this way offering them a better future. They live in Cusco’s Cumbe Parish, a parish of vast grasslands and cattle ranches, modern constructions and the charm of traditional architecture. Its residents are kind and preserve the culture and traditions of their ancestors.

One of the group members is Jessica, 20. She’s single and lives with her parents. Her father is a master bricklayer and her mother does housework. The house she lives in belongs to her parents.

Jessica helps with housework but also raises animals like chickens and guinea pigs that she sells in her community. She also works in farming and what she harvests is both for her own consumption and to sell.

She’s in the fifth loan with the communal bank and she will use it to buy chickens and chicken feed. Her goal is to continue with her University classes and become a professional.

The children in the photo are the children of some of the members.

In this group: Ana Victoria, María Lorena, Elsa Marlene, Libia Mercedes, Grima Liduvina , Jessica Liliana, María Francisca, Olga Bersabe, María Filomena
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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