A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy chickens, pigs and feed.

Haciendo Un Mundo Mejor (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank known as 'Making a Better World' is made up of 13 women that seek to improve the future of their families with their daily work. They are dedicated to several business with an end in common; that of improving the economy of their families. They live in different areas of the city of Cuenca, a city that is recognized for its architectural beauty. Its historic center was declared a world heritage by Unesco in the year 1999.

Señora Carmen Merchán lives in the Turi parish of the community of Santa Anita. This is her first loan that she has requested from the communcal bank. She was invited by a friend who is an associate. She is dedicated to raising chickens and pigs, selling her animals in the markets of the city. To improve the economy of her home, she began working an a preschool 7 months ago, laboring from Monday to Friday from 8 to.m. to the 4 p.m. Our associate is 26 years old. She is married and has 4 children ages 8, 6, 4 and 2 years. Her two first children study in a school of the city. Her husband is dedicated to construction since he is a bricklayer. With their combined work they have managed to build their own house. Now with her first loan she is going to invest it in the purchase of chickens and food for them. Her goal is to have drinking water in her house and she also desires to grow her business.

Señora María Q. lives in the Turi parish of the community of Santa Anita. She is 53 years of age, married and has 10 children of which 5 are married and live independently, 4 are single and work to help economically in her home and her last daughter enters school this year. Her husband works in the area of construction as a bricklayer. Thanks to their combined work they have managed to have their own house. Our associate is dedicated to the raising of animals such as: chickens, pigs and cows that give milk which she both consumes and sells. She is also dedicated to agriculture, sowing vegetables like lettuce and carrots and selling her product in the markets of the city. This is her first loan and she is going to invest it in the purchase of food for her pigs and also she desires to buy a sow. Her goal is to grow her business.

In this group: Sandra Veronica, Yohana Elizabeth, Maria Aurora, Elisa Alejandrina, Mariana De Jesus, Maria Julia, Maria Magdalena, Alcira Soledad, Rosa Eloisa, Carmen Celestina, Miriam Marlene, Maria Lucrecia, Blanca Elvira

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer B Brown

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