A loan of $2,050 helped a member urchase seeds for their new crops, some heads of cattle for livestock, and alpaca and sheep fleece; and build accomodations.


Tikarisun De Ccachin Group's story

There are 12 members of the "Tikarisun De Ccachin" community bank, which means "We will flourish." This country community is located in the district of Lares, in the department of Cusco, Peru. The peasants walk four hours daily to arrive in Lares, where they make their purchases at the markets and also take their products to sell.


This group is very pretty and typical of the region, and they still maintain their Incan ancestry in their traditional dresses and customs, their lifestyles and folkloric live dances. The members are very humble, but they are filled with courage and tenderness. They work on the land, producing different varieties of potatoes and maize (white, yellow, multicolored). But most of all they are the best weavers in the Cusco valley. They have a very distinct technique and make scarfs, blankets, lace, ponchos, caps and beautiful works depicting nature. All of this is done by hand and with natural dyes. All of what they know they learned from their ancestors, and this knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. It also allows them to participate in the tourism industry, and they are very friendly people who want to share and keep their traditions alive.


With the loan, the members will purchase seeds for their new crops, some heads of cattle for livestock, and alpaca and sheep fleece so their wives can continue weaving. They also want to build some rooms so they will be able to receive visitors and provide accommodations.


The members are very grateful for the granted loan. For them this is a new experience, since previously none of them have had to the opportunity to work with credit. They are anxious to invest the money and see the results. They themselves invite all of you to the country community of Ccachin. They value the loan and promise to fulfill the payments on time.

In this group: Dionicio, Juan Victor, Genara, Hipolita, Victoria, Alejandrina, Cipriana, Evaristo, Honorata, Ernestina, Hermenigildo, Florencio

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein



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