A loan of $200 helped to buy coca leaf.

Maria Manuela's story

Maria Manuela was born in Jajahuana community and still lives there. Jajahuana community is located in Challabamba district, Paucartambo province, Cusco department, Peru.

65-year-old Maria is both father and mother to her eight children. She belongs to the Santa Isabel de Jajahuana community bank and is a responsible, entrepreneurial woman. Her business is farming and raising livestock such as guinea pigs and hens. She has farmland where she mainly grows potatoes. She takes her potatoes to sell in the city of Pilcopata and, on her return, she buys coca leaf which she later sells in the city of Cusco. On this occasion, she is requesting a loan to buy coca leaf.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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