A loan of $4,725 helped a member to buy supplies like maize, vegetables, meat, and other things.

Sr. De Huanca Group's story

A group of neighbors and friends formed the communal bank "Señor de Huanca” in the center of the village Yanahuara, part of the district of Urubamba and province of Urubamba. This communal bank is made up of twelve people that look for opportunities to get ahead every moment and provide their children with a better future with their daily effort. For example, the members' economic activities include: selling chicha- an alcoholic drink made from fermented maize-, buying and selling young animals, selling traditional corn liquor, selling vegetables, selling handicrafts, selling cosmetics, and others provide services.

(Placida is raising her hand in the photograph.) The member Placida was born in the center of the village of Yanahuara and lives where she was born. She is forty years old and a mother and father to her three children. Placida's main economic activity is selling food and alcoholic drinks. She has a small business or restaurant where she sells food that is typical of the region, like pork cracklings, fried fish, suckling, roast guinea pig, and other foods. She also sells traditional corn liquor and beer. In this instance Placida needs this loan to buy supplies like maize (the basic ingredient to make traditional corn liquor), vegetables, meat, and other things.

Over all the members are thankful for the opportunity given to them and commit to fulfilling the payments of their different fees according to the established installments.

In this group: Placida, Sonia, Aurelia, Rosa, Ubertina, Yaneth, Victoria, Virginia, Agripina, Lurdes, Saturnina, Franklin

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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