A loan of $3,300 helped a member purchase chickens, vitamins, and feed.


Turi Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

Sra. Elisabeth G. lives in the center of Turi Parish. This place is blessed with the arrival of many domestic and foreign tourists who come to see the views of Cuenca that can be admired from most parts of the city. The residents engage in agriculture, while the young people look for opportunities in the city or abroad.


Elisabeth is a cheerful member and a native of Sigsig Canton. She is 40 years old and separated from her spouse seven years ago due to a lack of understanding in their home. This relationship resulted in four children (ages 17, 14, 8, and 6). They are all students attending primary and secondary school respectively. She does not have her own home and lives in a rental property.


This is her second loan cycle and her previous loan helped with the household expenses. She dedicates herself to her household chores and also raises cows, chickens, and sheep to sell from home or at the livestock fair. With the loan she will receive, Elisabeth will purchase chickens, vitamins, and feed to increase her poultry farm. Her goal is to provide her children with a good education since this is the only asset that will help them become successful professionals.


María Lastenia lives in Turi Parish, approximately five minutes outside of the city of Cuenca. She is 49 years old, married, and gave birth to six children who are now ages 31, 29, 26, 24, 21, and 18. The four oldest children are married and live independently. María lives with her two youngest children. Her husband works as a housepainter. Their own house serves as a reward for their years of hard work.


María is dedicated to her household chores and also to raising guinea pigs and chickens that she later sells from home or at the open fair in Cueca. Sometimes they are reserved for personal consumption. This is her eighth loan cycle with this group of determined women. These loans have helped her move her family forward. With this new loan, she will buy chickens and vitamins so that she can continue in this business to help her excel financially. Her dream is to see her children have financially stable households.

In this group: Tania Paola, Ruth Isabel, Maria Lastenia, Carmita Lucia, Gladis Esperanza, Elisabeth Patricia, Maria Zoila, Maria Luisa, Maria Eufemia, Maria Luisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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