A loan of $5,975 helped a member to buy more ingredients like chicken, potatoes, cooking oil, and sausages.

Mercaditos De Patria Group's story

A group of neighbors and friends formed the “Mercaditos de Patria” communal bank in the town of Patria.

Teresa, age 42, lives in the town of Patria. She is a responsible and kind person who gets ahead. Her main business activity is preparing typical dishes called ‘pollipapas’ [fried potatoes and fried chicken] and ‘salchipapas’ [fried potatoes and fried sausages].

She now needs a loan to buy more ingredients like chicken, potatoes, cooking oil, sausages, and other thing in order to increase her business capital.

This communal bank is comprised of various people who at every moment seek opportunities to get ahead. With their daily effort they are giving their children a better future. The members work in agriculture, sell wood, sell clothes, sell food, raise small animals, build houses, and other things. The members are grateful for the opportunity they have been given. They pledge to make their payments on time.

(The town of Patria is known for its trade in forest products, as well as for accommodations and restaurants. It is the point of entry to the Manu National Park.)

In this group: Santiago, Yuri David*, Teresa, Elizabeth, Juliana, Rosa Luz, Lucia, Lucia, Moises

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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