A loan of $4,400 helped a member to buy cassava.

Virgen Del Carmen De Patria Group's story

The communal bank “Virgen de Carmen de Patria” was formed by a group of neighbors and friends in the town of Patria. (The town of Patria is known for its trade in products from the forest, as well as lodging services and restaurants. It is the point of entrance of the National Park of Manu.)

Flor Maria is 40 years old. She is married, and she and her husband have 5 children. Flor Maria lives with her family in the town of Patria.

Flor Maria is a responsible and kind person who is getting ahead through her business buying and selling cassava. She buys from various farmers in the area, transporting the products in her small truck to later distribute to the retailers in different markets in the city of Cusco. She transports her products once a week to the city of Cusco. At this time, Flor Maria needs a loan to buy more cassava to increase her working capital.

This communal bank is made up of people who are constantly seeking opportunities to get ahead. With their daily efforts, they are providing a better future for their children. The members of this group work in agriculture, furniture-making, transportation, fruit sales, and other activities. They appreciate the opportunity that is being provided, and they promise to comply with the payment terms on their loans. (The members met in 2 different shifts to work and then to take the photographs).

The town of Patria is located in the Kosñipata district of the province of Paucartambo, in the department of Cusco.

In this group: Sonia, Miguel, Susana, Marleny, Modesto*, Eusebia, Avelina, Fernando, Yaquelin, Bernardina, Ignacia*, Flor De Maria, Edwin
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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