A loan of $2,025 helped a member to buy fertilizers, products, to make marmelades.

Santa Catalina De Sillacancha Group's story

This small bank is called "Santa Catalina de Sillacancha" after one of the patron saints of the community of Sillacancha in the village of Calca, Cusco province, located 1 hour and 30 minutes from the city of Cusco. This community is in the sacred valley of the Inkas.

This bank is made up of seven women and five men who are mainly farmers. This area has a hot climate and is fertile, where the main crops are corn, potato, vegetables and such, as well as a variety of fruit. The members of the bank will invest the loan in the purchase of fertilizers and products such as seeds for the new sowing season, before working the soil so the fields can be resown. Many of them are also merchants: they bring their fruits and vegetables to different places in the region as well as making delicious marmelades from their fruit, without the use of preservatives. They make 100% natural products.

The members value and are grateful for the loan: because they are in the countryside they do not have access to traditional banks. They are committed to repaying the loan on schedule and have pledged their support to the members who want to progress.

In this group: Hermitania, Gabriela, Graciela, Isaias, Teofila, Victoria, Paula, Alipio, Margarita, Mamenrto, Juan Bautista, Elias

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer L K

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