A loan of $4,625 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and chickens.

Nuevo Amanecer (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Nuevo Amanecer is made up of 13 women who are fighters. They do it to find the financial stability that their families need. They get along very well together and are a very cheerful and close group. They live in the parish of Zhidmad, located in the southwestern part of the Gualaceo canton. People there work in agriculture and cattle, and their production is for subsistence. The female population weaves hats from toquilla straw and makes wool sweaters and embroidered skirts and blouses. The people go to the city of Cuenca to seek work.

Mrs. Jannet Guayllas lives in the community of Zhidmad. This is her first cycle and she was invited to be a part of the group by her mother in law, to join these organized and dedicated women. She is a homemaker and raises animals such as: chickens, guinea pigs andpigs. She sells them when she needs the money.

Our member is 27 years old, married and has a 6 year old son who is attending a local school. Her husband works as a messenger. With their hard work they have been able to build their own home. This is her first loan. She is going to invest it in buying more guinea pigs and thus grow her business. Her dream is to have a clothing store.

Mrs. Rosa T. lives in the community of Zhidmad. She is 30 years old, married and has 4 childres aged 10,7, 4, and 1. Her two oldest children are attending a local school. Her husband works as a cook, and with both their hard work they have been able to build a home.

Our member is a seamstress, and has been for 7 years. It was her mother in law who showed her this activity. She embroiders the skirts that are a part of the traditional clothing of the region. She works to order every day without a set schedule. She also raises animals such as guinea pigs, pigs, and rabbits, which she sells in the city of Cuenca when she needs the money. She has been a member for three years and the loans have helped her to buy animals. Her new loan will be invested in buying chickens. Her goal is to be able to have a store.

In this group: Rosa Carmelina, Gloria Leticia, Ana Rocio *, Tania Beatriz, Rosa Elena, Maria Rosa Elena, Janneth Alexandra, Maria Lucinda, Blanca Mercedes, Rosa Elvira, Zoila Narcisa, Manuel Concepcion, Rosa Lastenia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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