A loan of $3,000 helped a member buy lamb, dry goods.

Huk Sunqulla Group's story

The Huk SunqulL. ("One Heart" in Quechua) Village Bank is maD. up of fifteen women from the Paucará community of Acobamba Province in central Peru. Paucará is located about 3200 meters above sea level and is mostly flat, with a chilly climate suited to to grow grains and tubers. Most members of the community are dedicated to raising livestock or farming, while others sell merchandise in local markets.

Norma and Martina are two members of Huk SunqulL..

Norma is married with three children who are 12, 8 and 5 years old and are all currently in school. Norma is a schoolteacher, but she is not paid enough to live on, so she also sells dry goods (rice, sugar, flour) at the local Sunday market. When she first started it was tough, since people gossiped about her having to have two jobs, but she says she has gotten past that. In the beginning, her husband didn't want to let her go out to the market to work as a vendor, but once he realized she was earning money he started to help her. Today, Norma says that her business has grown a lot since she started working with FINCA, and her husband is now very understanding. She has developed a better relationship with her family, too. Norma is requesting a loan of 600 soles (US$200) to buy a wider variety of merchandise to sell at her market stall. Norma's dream is to buy a car and for her children to graduate with professional degrees.

Martina is married with two children who are 18 and 12 years old. Martina sells lamb soup and chicken soup in local markets, and also sells at meetings of the "Juntos" program. She has increased her sales since she started selling soup at these meetings, since she used to just work at markets. Martina is requesting a loan of 600 soles to buy more lamb to make soup to bring to other local markets. She says that FINCA has taught her good values and how to be responsible with herself and her family. Her dream in life is to build her own house and to open her own store.

In this group: Norma Semida, Justina, Martina, Salesiana Tarcela, Alejandra, Valentina, Violeta Yobana, Gregoria, Maricela Betty, Felicita, Eleodora, Luzmila, Yanet, Martha, Mariela Karina

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