A loan of $5,650 helped a member buy more beer, soda and other ingredients she needs to prepare food.

Kantus Group's story

The Communal Bank “Kantus” is part of the Arariwa Association and was formed by responsible people. The meetings will be every 30 days and every member must be in attendance or they will be fined. A majority of the members are neighbors and have good friendships. The members are hard-working entrepreneurs who look for opportunities to get ahead and with their daily efforts hope to give their children a better future.

Isabel, (the one with her hand up in the photo), lives in the city of Cusco. Cusco is a well-known tourist destination because of its traditional fiesta of the sun, “Inti Raymi” and because it is the stepping stone to one of the wonders of the world, “Machupicchu”.
Isabel tells us that she sells food. She has a restaurant where she serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. She opens at 7 in the morning and closes at 9 in the evening, Monday to Sunday. She’s been running this business for many years now and it’s going quite well. She is requesting this loan to buy more beer, soda and other ingredients she needs to prepare food.

Isabel is grateful for the opportunity she has been given through this Association and promises to make her payments on time.

In this group: Isabel, Guillermina, Nicanor, Maria Cleofe, Edgar*, Joshep Christian, Ceferina, Sonia, Patricia, Robert*, Lisbet Mayra, Norma
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste

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