A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and chickens, and also thread and fabric to make traditional embroidered garments.

San Vicente (Cuenca) Group's story

We find the San Vicente Bank in the town of Cumbe. The full name of this locality is San Luís de Cumbe, and it is located in the southeast part of the city of Cuenca. The majority of residents are dedicated to farming and raising livestock. This bank is comprised of enterprising women who are always in search of a better standard of living. They are managing this through their daily work, which makes them very proud. On this occasion, we are accompanied by Mr. Eulogio Rojas, Regional Coordinator for Azuay, together with our other members.

Digna C. is one of our own. She lives in a newly completed home in the San Vicente community, along with her husband who works in construction. They have three children, ages 4, 3 and 1. Digna is 23 years old, and has dedicated herself to embroidery for the past eight years, an art form that she learned from her mother. She works alone from her house, dividing her time between her craft and tending to the household chores. She doesn’t have a fixed schedule, as her work can vary depending on the number of orders she has. She also raises guinea pigs and chickens, both for the family’s consumption and to sell in the event they find themselves in a financial bind. This is the fifth loan cycle for this cooperative bank, and the loan requested would be used to invest in more guinea pigs and chickens as she would like to raise additional animals.

Rosa Alejandrina P. is 43 years old, and another member of this bank. She lives with three of her five children, as the two oldest kids are married and living independently. Her 18-year old son works in construction, helping to support the household. Her 15-year old daughter helps her with the house and caring for the animals. Only her youngest is studying at the local school. Her husband has lived abroad for eleven years, helping them out financially. Thanks to their efforts and sacrifice, they managed to build their own home. They are in their fourth cycle with the cooperative bank, thanks to the invitation from a member. With previous loans, she bought some guinea pigs and chickens, but she also dedicates herself to embroidery of traditional garments. She learned this skill on her own, and has been doing it for twelve years. She will use the loan to buy threads and fabric with which to make her garments. Her goal is to have a larger workshop, and to be able to teach this lovely art form to more women in her locality.

In this group: Zoila Balvina, Maria Natividad, Claudia Johana, Rosa Beatriz, Bertha Natividad, Luz Beatriz*, Maria Elvia, Maria Dolores, Digna Isabel, Silvia Teresa*, Rosa Alejandrina, Rosa Alejandrina
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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