A loan of $4,250 helped a member to buy chickens, animal feed and fertilizer.

Josesito De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Josesito de Cumbe communal bank is made up of 18 women of different ages. They are hardworking fighters whose only purpose is to work and sacrifice every day to try and imporve their familys' financial stability. They live in different areas of the Cumbe parish, where there are large pastures of cattle farms and romantic old haciendas. The parish center of Cumbe is organized around the central plaza and is characterized by the conservation of its traditional architecture. This can be seen in the two story houses. The people work in farming and cattle.

Mrs. Rosa L. lives in the San José community in the Cumbe parish. She is on her third loan from the communal bank and she has a very good friendship with all of the members. She raises cattle and she sells the milk that she obtains from them to the milk trucks. She also is a farmer. She plants vegetables for her home consumption.

Rosa is 70 years old. She has been a widow for 25 years. She has 7 grown children who are married and live independently. With her work she has been able to build her own house. She will invest her loan in buying feed for her cattle and also fertilizer for her pastures. Her dream is to maintain her health.

Mrs. Nelba C. lives in 3 de Noviembre community in the Cumbe parish. Our member is 20 years old and a single mother of 2 children, aged 1 and 1 years old. She doesn't own her own home, so she rents. Nelba raises chickens, guinea pigs and cattle, which she sells when she needs the money. She sells the milk she gets from the cattle to the milk trucks. This is the first loan she has taken out from the communal bank. She was invited by a friend who is an active member of the communal bank. This loan will be invested in buying chicken and feed. Her goal is to own her own home.

In this group: Zoila Rosa, María Isabel, Lourdes Mariela, Sandra Verónica, Rosa Francisca, Zoila María, María Sarbelia*, Nelba Yolanda, Yenny Mariana, Dolores Azunción, Teresa De Jesús, Rosa Elvira, Blanca Elsa*, María Dolores, Diana Alisandra, Blanca Leonor*, Cecilia Del Carmen, Ana Cesilia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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