A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy chickens and grocery merchandise such as beer, sugar, and milk.


Las Flores De Yanaconas Group's story

Eleven enterprising women in the rural community of Urubamba comprise the village bank “Las Flores de Yanaconas.” Urubamba is located in the Sacred Valley high up in the Andean mountains of Cusco, just a few hours from the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu. Most of the village bank members are engaged in agricultural activities. Some raise small animals such as chickens and guinea pigs. Others have farms where they grow vegetables such as lettuce, carrots, and broccoli.

In the photo, Rosa María appears in the front row on the far right side. Rosa María is 42 years old and lives with her partner, who works as a driver and construction worker. She has three children who are 17, 20 and 24 years old. For ten years, Rosa Maria has been running two primary businesses from her home. One is a small grocery store, which supplies basic necessities including cooking oil, rice, and milk. In addition, Rosa Maria raises chickens in her front yard.

Rosa Maria is requesting part of the group loan of 9,100 soles in order to purchase more chickens and merchandise for her store. She says that the items that tend to run out most quickly are beer, sugar, milk, and rice. She hopes that all of her children will complete their education. In addition, she aspires to build her credit so that she can request larger loans in the future and continue investing in her businesses.

Two individuals in the photo are not members of the village bank and therefore their faces have been blurred.

In this group: Glendy Brislid*, Luz Marina*, Aidee, Yaneth Dora, Cristina, Rosa Maria, Nicolasa, Ana Maria, Martha Elena, Juliana, Edelmira
*not pictured



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