A loan of $2,875 helped a member purchase animals to raise and sell.

Señoras De Taguan (Cuenca) Group's story

Señoras de Taguan is a community bank formed by enterprising women who work hard to make headway for their families. The group is located in the city of Cuenca, where they can enjoy the natural beauty of the city where the surrounding mountain range and plentiful vegetation forge a unique landscape. The locals make a living in agriculture, livestock and also making hand-woven sombreros.

Rosa is 40 years old and has been separated from her husband for seven years, after he left to work on the Ecuadorian coast and found someone else. She had eight children from her marriage, one of whom is married and independent, two who work in the city at a construction office and help with expenses, one who is out of school but helps with the house, and the other four are still young and in school. She owns her home, which is small and made of adobe but still provides security. She makes a living in agricultural, cultivating the land and occasionally hiring workers. She also raises animal and has a cow, a sheep and chickens, which she sells only when she's in some economic trouble. This is her second loan cycle working with her community bank, and with the money she plans to purchase a pig to raise, fatten and sell. Her dream is to better herself more everyday, increase her number of livestock and fix her house up little by little.

María C. lives in Taguan in the Sigsig area, which is located only 7 kilometers from Castillo De Chobshi, which is a popular architectural structure. She is 56 years old, married and has eight children. One of her daughters committed suicide, orphaning her two children, who are now under María's care and going to the community school. Five of María's children live in the city of Cuenca and the others left in search of better opportunities and almost never come to visit. For now, she only lives with her 14-year-old son, who helps around the house, her two grandchildren and her husband, who is a construction worker in the city center and only comes home on weekends. They have a small home that they own. María raises animals such as pigs, chickens, guinea pigs and cattle, and only sells them during times of economic trouble. She also makes a living harvesting vegetables and selling them in the city of Cuenca. This is her second loan cycle with the community bank, and with the first one she purchased chicken that are now ready to sell, and with the new loan she plans to purchase pigs to fatten and then sell. Her dream is to be able to have more cows so she can sell their milk and make cheeses.

In this group: Nancy Marlene, Hilda María, Ana Lucia*, Maria Rosa, Rosa Elvira, Maria Rosario, Rosa Claudina, Marianita De Jesus
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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