A loan of $4,150 helped a member to buy oil, potatoes, mayonnaise, and other items.

Virgen De Copacabana Group's story

The members belong to the "Virgen del Carmen" communal bank. This bank is located in the district of Cusco, belonging to the province and department of Cusco.
Sra. Maribel is single, 36 years old, and has two children. She alternates her daily chores with her business selling salchipapas [fried potatoes with hotdog] and pollipapas [shredded chicken breast with fries]. Maribel sells her products from the doorway of her home. She has had this business for some time, and it is going very well for her thanks to the hard work that she puts into her business every day. She wants to be able to keep working in order to keep supporting her family.
She is requesting this loan for the purchase of oil, potatoes, mayonnaise, and other items.
The other group members sell handcrafts; build refrigerators; sell anticucho [small pieces of grilled skewered meat often marinated in vinegar and spices, often with a boiled potato or bread on the end of the skewer]; one is a master builder; another works in agriculture.
The member in the attached photo asked permission to come late to the meeting because of her work.
Maribel thanks those who will become part of this dream through this loan. She promises to repay her quotas as established.

In this group: Estela , Ghina , Liz Irashi , Felipe , Lizeth , Jhon , Mercedes , Miguel Angel *, Marybel, Elizabeth*, Edith
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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