A loan of $1,725 helped a member to buy more small animals such as guinea pigs.

Virgen Natividad De Chuso Group's story

The Virgen Natividad de Chuso communal bank is part of Asociación Arariwa and is made up of seven women and four men. The meetings of the communal bank are every month and all the members have to be present at the scheduled meetings; if not, they pay a fine. The majority of the members are neighbors and good friends, and live in the community of Chuso in the district of Chichero in the province of Urubamba in the department of Cusco.

Our members are very hardworking and very clever. They work primarily in livestock and agriculture. They have vast plots of land and sell what their lands produce, depending on the planting and harvest dates. When they are not on their land they work in trade, buying and storing supplies for future sale. The members are requesting the loan to continue reinvesting in their different jobs. Our members are grateful for and value the loan granted because in the community of Chuso they have only this financial support.

The member Vilma, 33, was born in the district of Chinchero and lives in the community of Chuso. She does not live with her partner, but is father and mother to four children. She is a hardworking and enterprising woman who gets her children ahead because she works in agriculture and livestock. She also works raising small animals such as guinea pigs and chickens.

Currently Vilma needs the loan to buy more small animals such as guinea pigs.

In this group: Vilma, Pedro, Wenceslao, Amilcar, Laureano, Dominga, Elena, Silveriana, Leonarda, Ruth Mery, Lorenza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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