A loan of $3,375 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, a cow, vaccines and animal feed.


Mujeres De Chilcatotoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Mujeres de Chilcatotoras” (Women of Chilcatotoras) communal bank has ten members all of whom are women seeking to improve their home’s economy through daily work thereby offereing a better future to their children. They live in the community of Chilcatotoras which is in Tarqui parish. It is famous for its exhuberant vegetation. Most of its residents are farmers and cattlemen. Its climate is cold.

Nelly Estela L. lives in Chilcatotoras which is part of Tarqui parish. She’s 27 years old, married and has three children who are 8, 4, and 2 years of age. Her eight-year-old is going to a local school. Her husand works in construction. The house they live in belongs to his mother and they all share expenses.

Nelly’s children are still small so they depend a lot on her so she is dedicated to household chores. However, she uses her time to raise small farm animals like: guinea pigs, chickens and cattle. This is her first loan in the communal bank and she will use it to buy a cow, its vaccines and feed. Her dream is to have a house of her own.

Ruth Melania L. lives in Chilcatotoras. This is her third loan with the communal bank. She is very happy because they form a group of tenacious woman who seek better futures for their children. She raises animals like: guinea pigs, cows, pigs and chickens for sale in her community. She also does any other kind of job when her acquaintances give her the opportunity to work.

Ruth is 24 years old, married and has a 7-year-old son. Her son goes to the local school. Her husband does a variety of jobs. The house they live in is their own and it was built through their mutual effort.

She will use the new loan that FUNDACION ESPOIR has grantd to buy animals like guinea pigs. Her goal is to finish building her house since it still lacks several finishing touches.

In this group: Teresa Elvira , Celia Margarita, Sandra Lorena, Libia Lourdes, Carmen Amelia, Nelly Estela, María Angelita, Ruth Melania, Rosita Lucia, Luz Amable
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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