A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy materials, for example, brushes, frames, watercolors, pencils and other items.

Lucero Group's story

A group of friends and neighbors formed the community banking group “Lucero” in the district of Cusco. This community bank was created by nine people who are all looking at every turn for opportunities to get ahead and with their daily strength to bring about a better future for their children. The economic ventures of the group members are, for example, fertilizer sales, sales of craft items, sales of wooden furniture, candy sales, food sales, sales of cosmetics, and others offer their professional services as a nurse, a teacher, and an electrician.

(Ines is the group member is raising her hand in the photo.) Ines was born in the city of Lima but currently resides in the beautiful city of Cusco. She is married, and the fruits of this beautiful union have been two children. Her principle commercial activity is the administration of a small business selling the arts made by her partner. Her spouse is an artist and creates paintings of Cusco like passages, children, young women, vistas of Cusco's city streets, and more images, as his imagination permits. It's been years now since they began this work together, and it has gone very well for them. In this venture, Ines requires a loan to buy materials like paint brushes, frames, watercolors, pencils, and more. Ines' dream is to export her husband's paintings to foreign markets.

The members of group as a whole are thankful for the opportunity presented to them and promise to make their payments of the debt on the timetable they have established.

Cusco is located in the district and province of Cusco in the department of Cusco, in the very heart of the old city of the Incas, and has a reputation as a tourist destination, for its archeological digs, the historic downtown, its little side streets, for its history and for being a truly enchanting city in the southern region of the country. Cusco is most well-known for being a very touristy area, its commerce, and for the traditional festival of Inti Raymi, and because it is where one of the Seven Wonders of the World, “Machupicchu” is located.

In this group: Rocio Ines, Delia, Bony, Clorinda, Luz Marina, Juan Carlos, Soledad, Livia Rosario, Enma*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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