A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy a cow, chickens and feed, and grass for guinea pigs and rabbits.

Corazón De Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank, Corazón de Jesús, is comprised of 14 women and 1 man who are pleasant, happy and hard-working people wishing to improve their home finances by their daily efforts. They live in the parish of Valle and they work in animal husbandry and agriculture. Many people have emigrated to different places in the world in search of better work, or to the city to find opportunities for a better job.

Sra Margarita T. lives in the Poloma community which is part of the Valle parish. This is her second loan through the communal bank; she works in animal husbandry with pigs and livestock. She sells the milk obtained from these animals to the milk trucks, and sells the animals within her community. Doña Margarita is 45 years old, she has been a widow for 14 years and has a 25-year-old son who is married and lives independently. She lives with her 10-year-old niece who is studying at school. Owing to her work, she has managed to build her own house. She plans to invest the loan in purchasing a cow. Her dream is to have a vehicle in order to be able to move around with greater ease.

Sra Ana L. lives in the centre of the parish of Valle. She is very young, having just turned 23 years old. She is married and has 2 children, aged 4 and 2 years, who she looks after. Her husband works in a factory in the city. They do not have a house of their own but rather they are renting. Doña Ana stays at home as her children are so young, but she makes good use of this time to work in animal husbandry, caring for animals such as: guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits and ducks, which she sells within her community whenever she has financial need to do so. This is the second loan that she has applied for from the community bank; she was invited by her mother to join and she has established good friendships with each of the members. She plans to invest her new loan in the purchase of chickens and feed, and also in buying grass for her guinea pigs and rabbits. Her aim is to be able to buy her own land.

In this group: Ana María, Margarita Dorinda, Carmen Lucia, María Evangelina, Ana Patricia, Miguel Angel*, María Rosario, Rosa Avelina, María Gerardina, Martha Verónica, Quito Josefina, Sandra Maricela, Sonia Priscila, Lourdes Patricia, Martha Verónica
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Reiss

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