A loan of $4,075 helped a member buy chicks to grow, feed, vitamins, and vegetables for her stall at the market.

Mujeres Solidarias (Cuenca) Group's story

Mujeres Solidarias (Solidarity Women or Supportive Women) is one of many community banks formed in the city of Cuenca, in the neighborhood of Chican, in the canton of Paute, in the south central region of the country. This canton is known because of the Paute Hydroelectric Power Plant which is the biggest in the country, and also because of their handicrafts production.

Maria del Carmen is 23 years old and married; from the fruit of her union she conceived two children; one child is 5 years old and is in first grade; the other child is just two months old; her husband does stucco work (ceilings). They do not own a house and they live with her mother. She raises animals such us sheep, chickens and cattle which she sells in her neighborhood; she also buys vegetables to resell in the market of Paute; she has her own stall and only sells on Sundays; she has been doing this since she was 13 years old.

This is her third loan from Fundación Espoir; the loans have benefited her to grow her business and to join the “bankito” (little bank), thanks to an invitation from her Mother. With the new loan, she will buy chicks to grow, feed, vitamins and some vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, chard, etc. Her goal is to build her own house.

Mrs. Berta V. is 56 years old and she is has been separated from her spouse for four years because he mistreated her and caused her much suffering. In her marriage, she conceived four children of ages 33, 30, 26, and 22. Her first son is married and lives independently; the second one is out of the country so she lives with the third child, her daughter (who is single), and the youngest child who is 22. She shared with us that she is very proud to her own house from her life-long hard work.

Mrs. Berta has been a member of the community bank Mujeres Solidarias for one year; the loan she received was invested in her chicken business; she grows and sells sheep, chickens and guinea pigs; she sells the animals in her community when she needs money. With the new loan, she will buy more chicks to grow, feed, and vitamins to continue her business; her goal is to finish building her house.

In this group: María Flora, María Carmen Adelaida, María Del Carmen, María Laura, Bertha Genoveva, Rosa Aurora, Rosa Margarita, Elsa Lucrecia, María Angelita*, María Nieves, Rosa Gerardina*, Andrea De Los Angeles
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carlos Morales

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