A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy seeds and guinea pigs.

Camino A La Excelencia Group's story

A group of friends and neighbors formed the “Camino a la Excelencia” (Road to Excellence) communal bank in the community of Totora. (The community of Totora is located in Challabamba District in Paucartambo Province in Cusco Department). This communal bank is composed of various people who are always seeking opportunities to get ahead and by means of their daily efforts to provide a better future for their children. The members work in agriculture, selling fruit, selling food, selling groceries, fattening up cattle, in animal husbandry and raising small farm animals, among others.

Juana, 24, has a son. She’s a responsible, kind person who moves her family forward. She was born in Challabamba District and still live in the district where she was born and where she carries out her economic activities. She works in agriculture for she has several parcels of farmland where she grows potatoes, barley, corn and other things. In her free time, she also raises small animals like guinea pigs and chickens. She’s a responsible person and her neighbors did not hesitate to invite her to participate in the communal bank.

On this occasion, Juana needs the loan to buy seeds and guinea pigs. The members in general appreciate the opportunity provided and commit to make their various payments according to schedule. (The people that appear on the bottom of the photo obtained permission to be in the photograph but could not make it to the reunion.)

In this group: Santos, Florencia*, Griseldina, Cristina, Eulogio, Luis Francisco, Juana, Florencia, Antonia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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