A loan of $6,775 helped a member to buy more fertiliser.

Kosñipata Group's story

This group of inhabitants from the city of Pilcopata gathered to create the "Kosñipata" communal bank in the Paucartamba province some years ago. There are not many industries, business or banks in Pilcopata but there are large plots of land for cultivating and so the majority of inhabitants work in farming, cattle-raising, and selling wood and fruits.

Lucia is 50 years old. She was born in the city of Puno but has lived in the city of Pilcopata for six years. She has a partner, with whom she has five children. Three of the children are now independent while two continue to live by her side. Lucia is responsible and friendly. She is moving ahead as her main work is growing coca plants and pineapples. On this occasion she needs a loan to buy more fertiliser. (In the photo Lucia is the one with her hand raised). (The two people in the separate photos sent their apologies as they were unable to be present at the meeting).

All of the members are grateful for the opportunity being provided and promise to make their respective repayments on time.

In this group: Juan De La Cruz , Dina Flora*, Carmen Luz, Juana, Natividad, Lucia, Feliciano, Edwin, Clara, Glorinda, Ricardina, Bernardo, Sixto*

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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