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A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy chickens and feed for the animals.

Mujeres Cumbeñas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres Cumbeñas communal bank was formed two and a half years ago by 8 members who live in the parish of Cumbe in Cuenca. It's downtown has modern and colonial architecture and it's climate is cool. Its people are friendly and kind. They work as merchants, raising animals and in farming. Many of them go to work in the city or have immigrated to other countries to improve their and their family's quality of life. Their biggest pride is that they still keep their people's culture and traditions alive.

One of the members of this group is Ana. She is 30 years old, divorced and the mother of two children, aged 12 and 3. Her oldest daughter goes to high school in town. She doesn't own her own home and lives in her mother's house and shares expenses with her.

Ana does her housework so she can take care of her children. To support the household she raises guinea pigs, pigs and chickens and sells them in her community. She is also a seamstress and does this activity from her home.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 5 years and she will investher new loan in buying chickens and feed for her animals. Her dream is to own her own home.

In this group: Magaly Tania, Ana Cecilia, Piedad Cecilia, María Isabel, María Sarbelia, Norma Marlene*, Doris Silvana, Libia Marisol
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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