A loan of $4,775 helped a member to buy fertilizer and chickens.

Patococha (Cuenca) Group's story

Patococha Communal Bank is comprised of eight women and one man, members of the La Victoria del Portete community in the south of the city of Cuenca in the province of Azuay. This parish covers 203.77 square kilometers, approximately 5.67%of Cuenca Canton. With constant temperatures throughout the year, from 3ºC in the high plain to a less cold and humid climate with temperatures of 18ºC in the low part of the parish. The people there are pleasant and courteous, and their greatest pride is that they still preserve their culture and traditions. They work every day to get their families ahead.

One of the members of this group is María, 53. She's divorced but had six children in her marriage, five of whom are married and live on their own; her only single child studies in a university in the city. The house she lives in is her own.

She makes a living working in the field, in ranching. She sells the milk she gets from her cows. She also raises chickens, pigs, and guinea pigs. She plants her fields, and what she harvests is for home consumption. Sometimes she's called to work as a day laborer. All these jobs give her the opportunity to improve her financial stability.

She's going to invest her new loan in buying fertilizer to improve her fields. She's also going to buy chickens.

Her dream is to have a profitable business, such as a restaurant.

In this group: María Rufina, María Robertina, Claudia Janneth, María Gricelda, Narcisa Del Rosario, Wilmer Santiago*, Johmayra Isabel, Aida Isabel, Angelica Fernanda
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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