A loan of $1,925 helped a member buy chickens and cows.


Unidas Somos Mas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Somos Más Community Bank consists of six members. It is located in the San Pedro de Quinego parrish, Nonadé community, Rosas sector. In their temple they worship an effigy of Christ Crucified. It is very visited and well known as the Lord of the Miracles. In this parish, the fighters were celebrities. During Carnaval, they held the games of Pucara, which means strength. The fight was between two rivals, who were generally very strong, but short indigenous people. They had metal weapons, which they threw at their opponent. They defended themselves by wearing a leather hat with large flaps, which they lowered to protect their bodies.

The members and the current coordinator of the Espoir Foundation, who was making a supervisory visit, are in the photo.

The community’s inhabitants work in agriculture, raise animals, and weave panama hats. The people are hard working and responsible, as you will see in the examples of this group:

Carmen Leonor S. C.
Camren is from Quingeo. She is 38, divorced, and has two children ages 14 and 10. The 10 year old goes to the Rumipamba school, which is located in Quingeo. The older helps her mother with the daily work and household chores. She lives in her parents’ house together with her siblings. Even though they are grown and married, they still live with their parents. Carmen, with her lack of education, says that there is nothing else for her to do but work in the fields. She has not found other work. She does more than farming. She weaves hats, and after two or three days she finishes them. Then she sells them in her own neighborhood for $12 or $15 each, depending on the difficulty in making them. She has chickens at her house. She would like to sell them, but she has very few. She has asked for a loan for $440 to buy more chickens. That way she could work more at home and not have to leave to work in the fields. Her goals are to be able to become independent, build her own home, and be able to set up her chicken business there.

Eva Beatriz S. C.
Eva has been a member of the ESPOIR Foundation for a long time. This is her third loan. She is 27, single, and has a 7 month old daughter. She lives with her siblings. Even though they are older than she is, they continue living with their parents. Due to her lack of education, she says that there is nothing else for her to do but work in the fields. She has not found other work. She does more than farming. She weaves hats, and after two or three days, depending on how she makes them, she finishes them. Then she sells them in her own neighborhood for $12 or $15 each, depending on the difficulty in making them. She has chickens at her house. She would like to sell them, but she has very few. She has asked for a loan for $330 to buy more chickens. That way she could work more at home and not have to leave to work in the fields. Her dream is to be able to be a big chicken farmer and to buy milking cows. Milk sales are good in her sector, and her parents have good, grassy fields.

In this group: Maria Alegria, Rosa Amelia, Eva Beatriz, Carmen Leonor, Rosa Victoria, Maria Apolinaria

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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