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La Gran Amistad  (Cuenca) Group
In this Group: Nelly Cecilia, Terecita De Jesús*, Johanna Maritza, Julia Oliva, Carmen Isabel, Bernardita, Rosa Blanca, María Dolores
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"La Gran Amistad" is a communal bank that is made up of 8 women who live in Cumbe parish in Cuenca. They are all friends and acquaintances, and they are responsible women who are struggling each day to provide for their families. Most of the women work in agriculture, livestock production and retail trade. Cumbe parish has a cold climate, and its architecture is a mix of colonial and modern styles. There are a lot of places where one can enjoy nature. Many of the residents work in the city or have migrated from different parts of the world in order to carry out activities that will allow them to improve the financial situation of their households. In spite of all of this, they still maintain their culture and the traditions of their towns.

One of the members of this group is Bernardita. She has been a member of the communal bank "La Gran Amistad" for a year. Bernardita is a native of Nabon, but for work reasons and for her children's education she's been living in Paccha province for 8 years. Every 28 days, she travels to Cumbe parish in Cuenca to meet with her communal bank and see her friends. She is 51 years old and is married. Together with her husband, she has 12 children: 7 of her children are married and live independently, and her 5 unmarried children are 17, 15, 14, 10 and 8 years of age. Two of her children are in school, and one child is disabled and so stays in the home. The two youngest study at a little school in the town. Her husband works as a bricklayer. In her canton, she has her own house, but in Paccha province they live in a rented home.

Bernardita has a business raising guinea pigs and hens, because she doesn't have a lot of space to raise animals. But in Nabon canton, she cultivates her land and she uses part of her harvest for her family's consumption, and sells the rest. She will invest this loan in the purchase of chickens so that she can have a greater variety of animals. Her dream is to expand her economic activities, which include her work in farming and livestock production. This way she will try to provide a better quality of life for her children.
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La Gran Amistad es un banco comunal que se encuentra conformado por 8 mujeres quienes viven por la parroquia de Cumbe en Cuenca, todas son amigas y conocidas, son mujeres responsables que luchan el día a día para sacar a sus familias adelante, su principal oficio es la agricultura, cría de animales y comercio. La parroquia de Cumbe tiene un clima frió, su arquitectura es una mezcla entre lo colonial y lo moderno, tiene amplios lugares para disfrutar de la naturaleza, mucha de su gente se dedica a trabajar en la ciudad o han migrado a diferentes partes del mundo para ejercer diferentes actividades las mismas que les permiten mejorar la situación económica de sus hogares, a pesar de todo aun mantienen la cultura y tradiciones de sus pueblos.

Una de las socias de este grupo es la Señora. Bernardita, es parte del banco comunal La Gran Amistad hace un año, ella es oriunda del cantón Nabon pero por motivos de trabajo y por los estudios de sus hijos hace 8 años vive en la parroquia Paccha y cada 28 días viaja a la parroquia de Cumbe en Cuenca para reunirse con su banco comunal y encontrarse con sus amigas, tiene 51 años de edad, está casada y en su unión conyugal ha concebido 12 hijos, 7 de sus hijos son casados y viven independientes, sus 5 hijos solteros tienen 17, 15, 14, 10 y 8 años de edad, dos estudian en el colegio, un hijo es discapacitado por lo que pasa en casa y sus dos últimos hijos estudian en una escuelita de la localidad. Su esposo labora como albañil. Tiene en su cantón una casa propia, pero en la parroquia de Paccha viven en una casa prestada.

Ella se dedica a la cría de cuyes y gallinas porque no tiene mucho espacio para criar más animales, pero en su cantón Nabón cultiva sus tierras y lo que cosecha es para el consumo de su casa y para la venta.

Su crédito lo va a invertir en la compra de pollos para tener más variedad de animales.

Su sueño es crecer en sus actividades económicas que son la agricultura y la cría de animales para así tratar de darles una mejor calidad de vida a sus hijos.


Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

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About Ecuador

  • $10,600
    Average annual income
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  • $24,223,100
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of La Gran Amistad (Cuenca) Group's $2,700 loan helped a member to buy chickens.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Aug 13, 2012
Listed
Sep 4, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Mar 15, 2013