A loan of $3,200 helped a member purchase of chickens, corn, and vitamins.

Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbe Communal Bank is located in the village of the same name, which is known for its handicrafts. The majority of the population works in farming and cattle ranching and most of the young people have moved abroad to provide a better future for their families. The members of the bank are very industrious and work in farming, raising animals, and making crafts. They were raised with these activities and have maintained them as family traditions.

Laura V., lives in the San Antonio neighborhood of Cumbe and is 32 years old. She is married and her husband is a construction worker. They have five children, ages 17, 14, 13, 10, and 8. She lived in her own home, which she inherited from her parents, but her brother mortgaged it to be able to go to the United States. Once arriving in the States, he forgot about his debt and now the house is going to be auctioned off. She currently has her belongings in another location and only her bed remains in the home, taking care of it until it is sold.

Since being married, Laura has raised chickens and guinea pigs to sell in her community. She also washes clothing and cleans houses, and often does this work three days a week.

She was introduced to the foundation by her brother-in-law and began receiving loans six years ago. The loans she has received have helped her develop her chicken business, and she will use the current loan to purchase more chickens as well and corn and vitamins for their proper development.

Her dream is to get her home back or to be able to build another.

María T. has been a member of the Cumbe Communal Bank for six years. She was invited into the group by a friend who is no longer a member. She is good friends with the members of the group and is 47 years old. She lives in the San Antonio neighborhood of Cumbe and is married. She has five children, ages 28, 25, 22, 21, and 16. Her two oldest children are married and live abroad, but only one of them helps her financially. Her husband is also abroad and his hard work has enabled them to build their own home.

María raises guinea pigs, chickens, hens, and pigs. She buys them to fatten up and sells them at the livestock fair. She has done this for quite some time and it has provided her some financial stability.

She will use the funds from this loan to pay her children's school fees, purchase new uniforms, and some books that they need. She will use the remaining money to purchase some chicks to raise.

Her biggest dream is that her children benefit from her efforts and finish their studies.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Gloria Isabel*, Rosa Elvira, Maria Mercedes, Maria Teresa De Jesus, Diana Pilar, Maria Lucrecia, Maria Luzmila, Maria Targelia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer k vickery

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