A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy chickens and pigs.

Mulay (Cuenca) Group's story

The Maluay communal bank is comprised of 11 women who are friends and neighbors. They live in the same community and most of them are involved in farming and raising livestock. Some of them are merchants. They live in the Maluay community which is known for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, away from the noisy cities.

Mrs. Ruth Adriana M. lives in the community of La Paz which belongs to Maluay. She is 24 years old, married and has two children who live at home. Her husband is a drywall worker. They live in their own home.

Mrs. Ruth Adrina has been a seamstress for six years. She has a professional diploma and works in a factory Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At home she raises chickens and has used two loans for this business activity. This is her third loan through the communal bank since she was invited by her mother-in-law to become a member. She plans to use the loan to buy chickens. Her goal is to finish her home.

Mrs. María Doraliza Q. lives in the community of La Paz which belongs to Maluay. This member has had two loans through the communal bank and she was invited to join the group by neighbors in her community. She grows crops for her own consumption. She also raises pigs, chickens and guinea pigs which she sells in her own neighborhood

Mrs. María Doraliza is 43 years old, married and has 8 children. Her eldest son is married and lives independently. The next two daughters work and help her with household expenses. The other five children study at the local school. Her husband is a bricklayer and they live in the house they both built.

She plans to use to loan to buy more pigs. Her dream is to finish her home.

Note: In the photo there is a little girl accompanying us. She's the daughter of one of the members.

In this group: María Celina, María Rosario , Rosa Sarbelia, María Cruz, Rosa Agripina, Ana Piedad*, Mariana De Jesús, Ruth Adriana, Martha Yolanda, Ana Cecilia, María Doraliza
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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