A loan of $3,925 helped a member purchase of guinea pigs and chickens as well as corn and other nourishing feed; personal medical expenses.

Trinidad (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Trinidad is composed of a group of tough, hard-working women who always seek new ways to prosper and take pleasure in their daily work. They are proud to reach their goals and the maintain good relationships between themselves. They live in the Turí district, a touristic look-out spot in the city of Cuenca, located 10 minutes outside of the urban center and considered one of the most touristic parts of the region.

Mrs. María M. lives in the El Cisne de Turí community, is 23 years old, married, and mother of a beautiful three-year-old daughter. Her husband is a construction worker with a relatively humble income, so they do not own their own home.

María, like the majority of her community, cares for farm animals while completing the duties of a housewife. She sells most of her chickens to her community and consumes the rest.

It was her mother who encouraged her to join this entrepreneurial group, and she has completed two successful loan cycles with them. With the loan she is seeking, she is going to buy some more chickens and feed and she is going to pay for her husband's preventive healthcare. Her greatest dream is to own her own house.

Blanca Dután is also part of this communal bank due to an acquaintance in the community who invited her to join this lovely group. She has been part of the group for 8 cycles, and with her past loans she paid off a few of her husband's loans, which he acquired for his carpentering business. She helps him with this business along with her duties as housewife and care for their 11- and 5-year-old children.

Blanca, at 27 years old, already owns her own home thanks to the couple's joint efforts. The carpentering business is based out of their home, and with this new loan, they will start another business caring for animals. They are going to buy guinea pigs and chickens as well as corn and other nourishing feed. Her greatest dream is to launch this new business and help it to develop more each day.

In this group: Rosa Amelia, Maria Rosa Elvira, Maria Carmen, Ana Lucia, Maria Dolores, Maria Transito, Blanca Aida, Maria Luzmila, Rosa Maria, Julia Angelita, Zoila Cecilia, Maria Presentacion
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Julia Kastner

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