A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea-pigs, animal feed and natural fertilizer.

Unidas Somos Mas(Cuenca) Group's story

The Unidas Somos Más communal bank is made up of a group of hard-working women who daily seek their personal and their family’s progress through their work. They live in the Nonodel sector, which is about 30 minutes outside of the city of Cuenca. They meet outdoors surrounded by natural scenery where Nature is seen in all her splendor and natural state.

Rosa León, 29, lives with her life partner and their 5 children, who are 10, 8, 5, 3, and 1 years old. Her oldest three children are enrolled in the Martin Huelte elementary school, which is in Rumipamba; it’s a 30-minute walk to school. Her husband works hauling lumber. They own their own house which they built with lots of love and which reflects all their hard work.

Rosa farms and works three days a week either taking in laundry or working her neighbors’ fields; her cousin takes her to work because she has many contacts who request their services. In addition, she raises guinea-pigs and chickens, both for her own personal consumption and to sell in the city of Cuenca.

This is her third loan with the Foundation; her sister-in-law encouraged her to be part of a communal bank. The loans have gradually helped her to get ahead in her home. The loan she will get now will be used to buy chickens, guinea-pigs and animal feed.

Her great dream is that her children study and get ahead in life.

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

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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