A loan of $2,425 helped a member to purchase fabrics, chickens, corn, vaccines and organic soil.

La Victoria (Cuenca) Group's story

The La Victoria communal bank is located in the South of the city of Cuenca, in the area named in honor of the battle that occurred at the foot of Portete on February 27th, 1829. The festival is in mid-October in honor of the Virgen del Monte. The majority of the population works in milk production. They are friendly and generous people, disposed to fighting to find a better quality of life and give the best to their families.

Gloria Pérez has been a member of the bank for five years. Her sister-in-law, who now lives in Spain, invited her to join. She is 49 years old and lives in the Victoria del Portete neighborhood with her husband, who works as a carpenter, and their five children who are 25, 23, 21, 17, and 16 years old. Her first three children are studying in the State University and the younger two are in Febres Cordero high school. Thanks to their joined efforts, they were able to construct a home that is small but theirs.

Gloria works sewing colorful skirts, as her brother taught her. She has worked in this for thirty years and finds her customers in various parts of the city, often through acquaintances or recommendations from her customers. Also, she works raising chickens, which she has done her whole life. Her birds are sold in the city or by order. With this loan, she will invest in the purchase of fabrics to continue with her sewing. Her goal is improve her home, little by little.

Maria Roselia Pérez is 51 years old. She is another active member of the bank and has been for five years since a companion invited her to be in the group. She lives in the neighborhood of the same name as the communal bank with her two sons, 29 and 22 years old. The elder is a mechanic, and the younger studies in SECAP (professional school). Her husband died a year ago, and they tell us that it doesn’t affect them too much, because they were not living together. During their matrimony, they were able to construct their own adobe home.

Maria works in domestic services every day, but also works raising animals such as chickens and guinea pigs that she sells in the community since the markets don’t pay a fair price. With this loan, she will purchase chickens, corn, vaccines and organic soil for her fields. Her dream is to improve her home little by little to have a better quality of life.

In this group: Maria Rosalia, Luis Remigio, Maria Rosa, Jose Ramon, Gloria Mercedes, Maria Delia De Jesus, Luis

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rebecca Towle

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