A loan of $675 helped to buy building materials and supplies.

Celia Guillermina's story

The “Barrio Sucre” communal bank is in Cumbe parish in the southeast part of the city of Cuenca. Its residents are craftspeople. They are mostly sheep wool clothing weavers and embroiderers. They are also farmers not only for the success of their families but also for their community’s and to be part of their family’s economic growth.

Celia V. is a member of the Barrio Sucre communal bank. She is someone who struggles daily to have a better future. She is both a housewife and a small farm animal merchant. She raises guinea pigs and chickens that she sells in her own community or even as far as the city of Cuenca. She has done this for several years since it was her parents who initiated her in this kind of work.

She is now in her 4th loan cycle with her communal bank. It was thanks to her niece’s invitation that she became a member of this beautiful group of women. She tells us that the loans have been of great use to her in the construction of her new house.

Celia is 63 years old and lives in a common law union with her partner; they have three adult children who have their own families. Her husband is a bricklayer and, thanks to their marital cooperation, they can now enjoy their own home.

They are now building another house that will be for their children. This is the purpose of the loan they are requesting from the Institution. She will invest in the purchase of: concrete blocks, sand, cement, Eternit (a brand of fiber/concrete roofing tiles and siding), to finish the new house and provide tranquility for their children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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