A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy vegetales such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes and other things.


Juntos Podemos Group's story

A group of neighbors and friends formed the Communal Bank "Juntos Podemos" ("Together We Can") in the district of Cusco. This Communal Bank is composed of 10 people who are always looking for opportunities to get ahead, and with their daily effort be able to offer a better future to their children. The economic activities of the group members include: sale of groceries, sale of cosmetics, sale of handicrafts, sale of tourist tickets, sale of office supplies, sale of vegetables, sale of personal accessories and others provide other services.

Jesusa is the woman in the picture who has her hand raised. Jesusa lives in the beautiful city of Cusco where she completes her daily activities. She is 44 years old, married, and has 4 children. Jesusa's main economic activity is the purchase and sale of vegetables in one of the popular markets in the city of Cusco. At this time, Jesusa requirers a loan to buy vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes and other things. The group members in general appreciate the opportunity provided and promise to comply with their loan repayments according to the established time-frames.

The city of Cusco is located in the district and province of Cusco in the department of Cusco, right in the heart of the ancient city of the Incas, and it is characterized as a tourist zone for its archeological sites, historic center, landscapes, history, traditional festival to the Inca Sun God, and because it is near the site of one of the seven wonders of the world "Machu Picchu."

In this group: Jesusa, Matilde, Xioumara, Mery, Jessica Elizabeth*, Walter David, Zenovia, Hilda, Lourdes, Marianela*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey



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