A loan of $4,275 helped a member purchase and sales of agricultural products in the main markets of their district.


Apu Siwina Group's story

The Apu Siwina village bank was founded in September 2005. It is currently in the 3rd cycle of the 2nd stage; it consists of 15 members, 11 women and 4 men. It carries the name of the mountain which is the symbol of the city of Accha; the Apu Siwina mountain represents the figure of a woman. The Accha district in the Paruro province of Cusco, Peru is 3 hours from the city of Cusco by highway.

The members are women from the country-siD. whose families are generally involved in agriculture and farming activities; these women actively participate in the sales of their harvests--corn, potatoes and beans. They also sell small animals like pigs, poultry, and guinea pigs in the central markets of their district.

They value the financial services offered through the village bank, mostly due to the ease of use, the minimum requirements to qualify, and the fact that the money is delivered and returned in their own community. What they value most is the culture of savings that is encouraged through the Unity of Microfinances.

In this group: Roberta Line , Tomasa, Feliciana, Rebeca, Antonio*, Irma, Jaime*, Lazara, Lizbeth, Flavio, Bertha , Zenovia, Tomas Timoteo *, Florencia, Maria Concepcion
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall



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