A loan of $3,225 helped a member to buy more merchandise.


El Gran Poder Group's story

The “El Gran Poder” (The Great Power) communal bank belongs to Asociación Arariwa and has 9 female and 2 male members. The communal bank meets every thirty days and all members must attend scheduled meetings. Most of the members are neighbors and friends living in the city of Cusco.

(The person raising her hand in the photo is the member, Josefa).

The members are workers and entrepreneurs who seek opportunities to get ahead at every moment and with their daily efforts provide a better future for their children. Most of the members carry out a variety of economic activities like crafts sales, food sales and others provide services.

Josefa is 45 years old, married and has two children. She was born in the city of Cusco and still lives there. Josefa’s main economic activity is selling clothes like pants, shirts, blouses, jackets, polo shirts and other things. On this occasion, Josefa needs a loan to buy more merchandise. Her dream is that her children become professionals.

(The members who appear at the bottom of the photograph asked permission on the day of the meeting.)

In this group: Josefa, Saby Clorinda, Silvia, Daniel Serapio, Ana Haydee, Juana Rosa*, Maria Cristina*, Karla Ximena, Juan Junior, Yonny Eneida, Gissella
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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