A loan of $3,975 helped a member purchase chickens, pigs, guinea pigs, and animal food.

10 De Agosto (Cuenca) Group's story

The August 10th village bank consists of a group of women who are always looking for ways to progress individually and with their families; it is located in the Santa Ana parrish. It is a city with beautiful natural landscapes. The May 27th parrish is an area of the city for music, parades, dances, artists, etc. The people of the city are very warm and friendly like the women who make up this village bank.

Maria L. is 66 years old and lives alone in her home which she inherited from her grandparents; it is 150 years old and located in the Santa Ana parrish of the Latig community. She was widowed 12 years ago as her husband died from alcoholism; she had 6 children with him who are now all adults and have their own families. Maria raises crops on her land and also raises animals like chickens and pigs; she also washes clothes for customers on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 am to 6 pm. She has been part of the bank for 2 years and has developed a deep friendship with the other members of the bank. With the loan she will receive from Fundacion Espoir, she will buy chickens and pigs; her dream is to have good health to keep working and build a new home.

Mercedes C. lives on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca in the El Valle parrish; she is 26 years old and lives in a common law marriage. She has 3 children who are 9, 4, and 2 years old. Her husband is a bus driver for Intercantonal. They live in her parents' home in an independent apartment but are building their own home thanks to their hard work in their jobs.

She buys and sells chickens and guinea pigs and sells them in the community; she has done this for the past 2 years and it has been a good business for her. This is her 3rd loan through the foundation; her sister-in-law encouraged her to become part of the group. With this new loan, she will buy pigs and guinea pigs and food to raise them. Her dream is to finish building her home.

In this group: Fanny Yolanda, Rosa Petrona, Mercedes Margarita, Maria Teresa, Diana Alexandra, Angelica Elizabeth, Maria Dolores, Rosa Elvira, Maria Nievez, Maria Manuela, Sofia De La Cruz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Scott Crandall

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