A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy clothes and appliances.

Juntos Por El Progreso Group's story

Vilma, 39, is both mother and father for her two children. She’s originally from the city of Quillabamba but has lived in the city of Cusco in Cusco Province and Cusco Department for the last nine years. She’s an enterprising, responsible mother who liked challenges. She sells clothes and appliances. She travels weekly to one of the markets in the city of Limatambo to sell her wares. She’s been in this business for several years now and does very well. On this occasion, Vilma needs the loan to buy clothes and appliances. Her dream is that her children become professionals. (Vilma is raising her hand in the photo).

This group is composed of friends and neighbors who formed the “Juntos para el Progerso” (Together for Progress) communal bank in Cusco Province, Cusco Department. This communal bank’s members are all people who are always seeking ways to get ahead and with their daily effort provide their children with a better future. Their economic activities are varied. Among them are: candy sales, food sales, CD sales and clothing sales. (The member who appears in the bottom of the photo requested permission from the governing board to miss the meeting). The members as a group are grateful for the opportunity provided and commit to make their various installment payments as scheduled.

Cusco is located in Cusco District, Province and Department in the very heart of the ancient city of the Incas. It’s noted for being a tourist destination because of its archaeological sites, historic city center, scenery, its history and for being an enchanting city in the southern region of the country. Cusco is also noted for its traditional Inti Raymi festival and because one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machupicchu, is located here.

In this group: Marcelina, Felipe, Vilma, Maria Exaltacio, Dina, Paulina*, Griselda, Alicia, Wendy Helen
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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