A loan of $3,200 helped a member purchase chicks and fruits such as oranges, apples, grapes, mangoes, etc.


Las Cumbeñitas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbeñitas Community Bank is formed by a group of men and women who search for better opportunities to provide for their families and to offer them a better future. They are from the Cumbe parish, where some of the members live. Others live in different locations in Cuenca. Most people in town is dedicated to agriculture .


Martha is an active member of the bank. She lives in the Sauces community, in the Cumbe parish with her husband who is a mason and their eight children ages 26, 24, 22, 19, 16, 14, 13 and 6. The first, second and fourth sons already work and help with household expenses. Their 22 year old son is married and still live with them. Their youngest children are still students at the Cumbre High School and Arsenio Ullaguari school. Our member is 50 years old. Thanks to the couple's efforts they were able to build their own home.


Martha breeds animals such as chickens, guinea pigs and pigs for Christmas festivities. She has been in this activity since she was little and was taught by her parents. Now it allows her to generate income to help provide for her family. She sells her animals in her community and out of town.


She is in her second cycle working with the foundation and was encouraged to be part of this bank by her friends who were already members. With the loan she requested she will buy more chicks for her business and will keep it growing little by little.


Her goal is to have a big chicken hatchery.


Carmen is another of this bank's members. She lives in the Cristo del Consuelo sector in the Cuiencara area. Carmen is 30 years old and is the single mother of two sons, 9 years old and 7 months old. Her oldest goes to the community's school. Her sons were not recognized by their father and she supports them alone. She rents because she does not own a house.


Our member is in her second cycle working with the foundation. With her previous loan she purchase fruit for her business. She tells us that she has always been in this activity because she helped her mom when she was young. She took over the business to support her sons. With the new loan she will buy oranges, apples, grapes, mangoes and other fruit to increase her business and offer more variety to her customers.


Her goal is to see her sons grow and for them to be good professionals.

In this group: Maria Guillermina, Ana Lucia, Carmen Rosario, Martha Margarita, Laura Rocio, Maria Julia, Jorge Emiliano, Manuel Nestor, Marcelo Mario

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Betyna Almeida-Covarrubias


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