A loan of $1,975 helped a member to buy tires for her vehicle.

Real Atahuallpa Group's story

“Real de Atahuallpa” is a Communal Bank who has been created by a group of friends and neighbors living in Puno, a department of the district and province of Cusco. This Communal Bank has been working for a few years now, and it is well organized. This Communal Bank is composed of people who constantly look for occasions to progress in life, and who grant a better future to their children thanks to their daily efforts. Some of the members engage in selling broad beans, hot drinks, cosmetics and food, while others engage in providing cooking services, in repairing vehicles, and in offering their services as masons, cooks and truck drivers.

Delia is the lady in the picture with her hand raised.

Delia was born in Cusco, and she lives in the same town where she was born. She engages in selling breakfasts and in providing calling services in the outskirts of one of the most popular markets in Cusco. She has been engaging in this activity for a few years already, and things are going very well. Delia’s husband provides public transportation services in the town of Cusco with his own vehicle, thus helping with the household expenses. In this occasion, Delia is requesting a loan to provide maintenance to the vehicle by buying tires.

The members are grateful for the chance they have been given and they commit to complying with the repayment of their different dues according to schedule. The members appearing at the bottom of the picture have arrived late at the meeting.

In this group: Patricio, Claudia, Santos, Sabina, Vicente, Elfrida, Agripina, Gladys, Virginia*, Delia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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