A loan of $5,675 helped a member to buy merchandise, for example, children's shoes.


Atipay Group's story

(Carmen is raising her hand in the photo) Carmen was born in the city of Puno, but right now she lives in the beautiful city of Cuzco. She is 35 years old and single. Carmen's main economic activity is selling children's, men's and women's shoes. She has been doing this job for several years now and it is going very well for her. At this time, Carmen needs a loan to buy merchandise, such as, for example, children's shoes, because the school year is starting soon. Carmen's dream is to open other stores in the cities of Puerto Maldonado, Sicuani and Quillabamba.

This group is made up of neighbors and friends who make up the “Atipay” communal bank in the province and department of Cuzco. This communal bank is made up of people who are always seeking opportunities to get ahead and with their daily work give their children a better future. The economic activities of the members are, for example, making snacks, school transportation, teaching, surveying assistant, selling shoes, selling cosmetics, renting out traditional costumes, restoring art, working as public employees, and teaching music.

The members in general are grateful for the opportunity that has been given and they are committed to making their different payments on time. The members that appear in the bottom part of the photo came late to the communal bank meeting.

In this group: Carmen Maya, Nieves Yaqueline, Gabriela, Oscar Leonidas, Sara Rossana, Liudvinka, Roger Einer, Karolay Denisse*, Jaime Oswaldo, Luz Rocio, Mariclaudia, Tomasa Nidia, Hilda Llarnek
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue



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