A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy small animals, such as guinea pigs.

Puka Pukayoc De Pachar Group's story

A group of neighbors and friends formed the Communal Bank "Puka Pukayoc de Pachar" in the community of Pachar in the District of Ollantaytambo, Urubamba Province, Department of Cusco. This Communal Bank consists of individuals who view each moment as an opportunity to get ahead, so they strive each day to provide a better future for their children. The business activities of these members include buying and selling chickens, raising small animals such as guinea pigs and pigs, and buying and selling fruits. Other members provide health services and build houses.

Sra. Brigida (who has her hand raised in the photo) was born in the community of Pachar and still lives there. She is 48 years old, married, and has four children. Her main business activities are farming and raising small animals such as guinea pigs and chickens. Brigida has been in these businesses for five years and has done very well. She is taking this opportunity to request a loan in order to buy small animals, such as guinea pigs.

The members are grateful for the opportunity that has been provided and promise to complete their various payments according to the established terms. (The member who appears in the smaller photo arrived late to the Communal Bank meeting.)

Cusco is located in the District and Province of Cusco in the Department of Cusco. The heart of this ancient city of the Incas is where many archaeological sites are located. The historical center and the landscapes help make Cusco the most enchanting city in the southern region of Peru. Cusco is known for being a tourist and commercial area. It is also known for the traditional festival of Inti Raymi and for being the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu.

In this group: Brigida, Luci, Jesusa, Leonor, Norka Nohemi, Susan Ruth, Natividad, Telma*, Isidoro*, Asuncion
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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