A loan of $1,875 helped a member commercial livestock raising.


Apostol Santiago Group's story

The community of Puca Cruz belongs to the Rosario District, province of Acombamba, department of Huancavelica. Puca Cruz is approximately 3800 meters (12,500 ft) above sea level, a community that is economically based principally on raising cattle and sheep, agriculture (mostly barley, wheat, oats and potatoes) and in some cases commercial cattle-raising in the fairs in the district capitals (Acombamba and Paucará). Puca Cruz is situated between Paucará and Acobamba and being the necessary pathway between the two cities, most of the people are engaged in trade activities.

Primitiva S. T. is a member of the village bank with a loan of 600 Peruvian Nuevo Soles ($210 USD). She says: "My business is to buy and sell livestock such as sheep, cows and pigs that I bring to Paucará and the Acombamba fair. Furthermore I raise animals and cultivate oats, barley and potatoes in order to make 'chuño' (dried potato). In a few years I hope to allow my children to study and become professionals. Now they are in Huancayo studying in high school. With FINCA Perú I am going to save for my children´s future because I want to make them study and not only work on a farm. I also hope to increase my livestock. Now I am with FINCA Perú in order to learn how to save and work with more confidence, responsibility and to receive the training that they are going to give." María G. P. is working with a loan of 600 Peruvian Nuevo Soles ($210 USD) and says the following: "I and my spouse work to buy and sell animals, principally cattle. I myself have a business where I buy and sell sheep and at times cattle. My dream is to enable my children to study in Huancayo or the Institute of Paucará. I have joined FINCA Perú to learn how to save because I have a relative that has joined a village bank and has told me it has been a very good experience. I am going to listen to FINCA´s training and at times celebrate the birthdays of fellow members and learn to practice human values."

In this group: Primitiva, Leonor, Hilda, Magdalena, Alejandra, Guillerma, Maria, Sergia, Alejandra, Lucila
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