A loan of $375 helped purchase woolen articles such as sweaters, scarves, and gloves.

Fortunata's story

Fortunata is still a member of the communal bank "INTI" in the Asociación Arariwa, located in the department of Cusco, Peru. This communal bank is in its 3rd year of working together, and all of the members are doing very well. (Inti is a word in the Quechua language that means "Sun.")

Fortunata continues to live in the historic city of Cusco, in the department of Cusco, Peru. In Cusco, people work in a variety of different businesses and provide a variety of services, but much of this economic activity is related to tourism.

Fortunata is still selling handicrafts at the entrance of hotels, in the main plaza (the Plaza de Armas), and at the archaeological monuments in the city of Cusco. She continues to offer the tourists sweaters, scarves and gloves that are made from alpaca and llama wool. She has had this business for 32 years, and it has gone very well, thanks to the effort she puts into her work.

Fortunata is a tenacious and hardworking woman who, with her small handicraft business, is getting ahead with her children. With the last loan, things went very well for Fortunata and she was able to increase her income. At this time, Fortunata needs a loan to buy more wool scarves, sweaters and gloves.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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