A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy chickens.


Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbe Communal Bank is comprised of 13 members. They are women who work in different business activities in their parish or in the city. These activities have allowed them to grow financially in their households and to get ahead. They live in the Cumbe parish, which has a cold climate. The people there raise animals and farm. One can enjoy the tranquility of nature in this parish. María Buelve lives in the San Antonio community. She is a member of the Cumbe Communal Bank, and this is her second loan. She is 62 years old, married, and has seven children. All of her children are adults, married, and live independently. She lives with an 11 year old grandchild who attends school. Through work, she and her husband have managed to build their own house. Her husband works as a bricklayer. María buys and sells dressed chickens. She raises them for a year, and she sells them in her own community. She also farms, but what she grows is more for her consumption. She will use her new loan to buy more chickens for the business. Her goal is to have more animals to sell. Julia Huylasaca lives in the Cumbe parish. She is 19 years old, and she is in a common-law marriage. She is very happy to be seven months pregnant. Her husband works as a bricklayer. They do not have their own house, so they live in her mother’s house. At the moment Julia is in her house due to her pregnancy. However, she previously worked tending a store. This is her first loan in the communal bank. She was invited by a friend. She will use the loan to buy chickens to start this business. Her goal is to have a store in her house.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Nancy Faviola, Rosa Elvira, María Mercedes , María Teresa De Jesús, María Targelia, Neidy Carmita, María Rosa Florinda, Julia Janneth, Diana Pilar, María Lucrecia, Gloria Isabel, Maria Luzmila
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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