A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy provisions / chickens and animal feed.

Reina De La Paz (Cuenca) Group's story

The Reina de la Paz community bank is made up of 10 women who are very happy and see life in a simple way. They work every day to support their families and they are proud with what they have achieved so far. They live in different parishes in the town. The people in their town work in crop and livestock farming. These fields have a spectacular view of the town's natural beauty where peace and tranquility reign.

Mrs María P. lives in Zhidmad parish. This is the fifth loan which she has had from the community bank and, together with her friends, they have a good time at each meeting. She is 32 years old, married and has four children aged 13, 11, 9 and 7. Her eldest two daughters attend high school and her youngest two children attend the local elementary school. Her husband is in the building trade. He is a bricklayer. With hard work every day, they have managed to build their own home.

María began working as a cleaner 20 years ago and she is still doing this. She only works some days and without regular hours. When she has days free, she looks after her animals: pigs, guinea pigs and hens. She has had a kiosk for one year and she spends time working there. Her new loan will be used to buy products for her kiosk so that she can offer her customers a better range. Her goal is to extend her house.

Mrs Rosa B. lives in the community of San Judas Tedeo which belongs to the parish of El Valle. She is recovering from a kidney stone operation. She works in a number of houses as a cleaner. She has been doing this for 9 years, working from Monday to Friday. She leaves work when she has finished her task. At home she raises chickens and guinea pigs which she sells in her community or eats with her family.

Rosa is 51 years old. She is married and has two children aged 18 and 16. Her elder daughter is married and, not long ago, gave Rosa her first grandchild. She lives in her house and they share household expenses. Her younger daughter studies graphic design at SECAP (Ecuadorian Professional Training Service). Her husband works as a private employee. They don't have their own home and have to rent.

Rosa is requesting her second loan. She was invited to join by a friend who is an active member of the community bank. She will invest her new loan in the purchase of chickens and chicken feed. Her goal is to have her own home.

In this group: Luz Amada, Ana Lucía, Digna Narcisa, María Tomasa, Diana Isabel, Rosa Dolores, Rosa Florentina, María Cruz, Amalia De Jesús, Rosa Esther

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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