A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy seeds, manure, fertilizer and corn.

Virgen De Los Angeles De Huayllacocha Group's story

Julia was born in the city of Lucre in the province of Quispicanchis in the department of Cusco, but she lives in the Huayllacocha community. She has lived there for the last 13 years, as she likes the countryside and gets on well with her neighbors. (In the photo, Julia is the one with her hand raised.) Julia is 39 years old, married, and has three children (Elizabeth, 11, Sayda, 10, and Edson, 7). She is an enterprising and hardworking woman who, in addition to being a housewife, also works on the farm. At the moment, Julia needs a loan to buy seeds, manure, fertilizer, and corn. She also raises animals, such as pigs, guinea pigs, and sheep; a part of the loan will be used to improve her livestock.

Most of the members of the Virgen de Los Angeles de Huayllacocha group live in Huayllacocha, where they engage in all kinds of activities, such as trading, farming, and ranching, among other things. The members of the communal bank meet every 30 days in the Huayllacocha community, which is in the Anta province of the department of Cusco. It is 45 km from Cusco to Huayllacocha (a trip of about two hours). On the way, you cross part of the Peruvian Andean mountain ridge, with its beautiful landscape and communities of Quechua people.

In this group: Julia, Silvia Marleny, Domitila, Paulina, Gertrudes, Guillermina, Isabel, Benigna, Natividad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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