A loan of $2,675 helped a member to purchase tools and materials, such as Majolica, cement, paints and other items.

Tikariy Quillahuata Group's story

A group of friends and neighbors formed the “Tikariy Quillahuata” Communal Bank in the community of Quillahuata, in San Sebatian District in Cusco Province and Cusco Department. This communal bank is made up of people who are always looking for ways to move ahead and provide a better future for their children through their daily work. The members’ principal economic activities are farming and stock breeding. Others are involved in food sales, the sale of vegetables and the raising of small animals, such as guinea pigs, chickens and ducks.

Sr. Juan is shown in the photograph raising his hand. He was born in the community of Quillahuata and continues to live in the same community where he was born. He is 52 years old and is married and has six children. Sr. Juan is a mason and is self-employed, however he has two assistants. He has had this business for 27 years and it is going very well thanks to the effort he puts into his work. At this time Juan is making finishing touches to a private house and needs the loan to buy tools and materials, such as Majolica (glazed earthenware), cement, paints and other items.

The members in general are grateful for the opportunity provided and are committed to making their payments on time.

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 is characterized as being a tourist area due to its archaeological centers, its history, its landscape and because it is an enchanting city in the southern part of the country. Cusco is also known for its traditional festival, Inti Raymi, and because it has Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world.

In this group: Juan, Yuliana, Irene, Bruno*, Maruja, Jovita, Felicitas, Roxana, Anacleto, Beatriz, Asunta, Gabriel, Florencia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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