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Trinidad (Cuenca) Group's story

The Trinidad communal bank is made up of 10 members who struggle daily to improve their economic situation so that they can provide a better future to their children. They live in different communities within the Turi Parish, which is known for being the balcony of Cuenca. Its people farm and raise livestock. Much of the population has migrated in search of a better future for their families.

Ms. María Carmen lives in the Asunción community, within the Turi Parish, and is in her fourth loan cycle. She became part of the communal bank, thanks to a friend who invited her. Our associate is a homemaker who also raises animals, such as: sheep, hogs, and steer; which she sells in the city’s livestock fairs.

María Carmen is 33 years old, married, and has four children, ages 16, 14, 12, and 10. Her three oldest attend high school and the youngest attends elementary school. Her husband works as a mason and by working together they were able to build their house. She will use the money from this loan to buy school supplies for her children. Her goal is to continue to grow her livestock business.

Ms. Ana Lucia Merchán lives in the Hierba Buena community, within the Turi Parish. She is 30 years old, married and has two children, ages 5 and 3. Her husband works as a mason. She does not have her own home because they live with her in-laws.

Our associate works for the CDI (Centro de Desarrollo Infantil) [Child Development Center], where she teaches and cares for the youngest children. She’s been doing this for four years and works M-F from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. She also raises Guinea pigs, chickens, and hogs; which she sells within the community. She is one of the founding members of the communal bank. The loans that she’s received previously have helped her home and business and she will use the money from this loan to buy livestock. Her goal is to find a better job.

In this group: Rosa Amelia, Maria Carmen, Ana Lucia, Zoila Carmen, Maria Transito, Maria Dolores, Rosa Maria*, Ana Lucia, Zoila Cecilia, Maria Presentacion
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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