A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy chicks, guinea pigs and animal feed.

Libertad En Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Libertad en Progreso” communal bank has 15 members who live around Victoria del Portete Parish located in the south side of the city of Cuenca. It’s named in honor of a battle that occurred precisely on Portete’s foothills on 27 February 1829. Its residents raise animals, farm and many go out every day to work in the city at various jobs. Our members are kind, nice, very cheerful people. They work in a variety of occupations that allow them to cover household expenses; they keep their people’s culture and traditions.

One of the group members is María Carmen, 30. She is in a common law relationship and has had six children who are 12, 9, 7, 6, 4 and 3 years of age. Her first four children attend the local little elementary school. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. They do not own a house of their own; they live in a relative’s house.

María Carmen cares for her children and since she spends most of her time at home raises chickens and guinea pigs; she also milks cows, an activity she’s been in for six months. She grows several products but they are for household consumption only.

She’s been in the communal bank for two years and will use her loan to buy chicks, guinea pigs and feed for her animals. Her goal is to build a house.

In this group: Carmen Lucia, María Esperanza, Lorena Del Carmen, Carmen, María Isabel, Balvina, Luz Melida, María Natividad, Maria Alicia, María Carmen, María Dolores*, María Rebeca, María Rosario, María Herlinda, Asunción Transito
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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