A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy chickens/ a sewing machine.

Zhizho (Cuenca) Group's story

The Zhizho community bank is made up of a group of 11 cheerful, charismatic and very hardworking women who are always striving and looking for a better future for their families. They work in different activities that allow them to have their own incomes. They live in the community of Zhizho, which belongs to the Victoria del Portete parish. This area has a cold climate and its people work with cattle and in agriculture and many of them go to the city to do different jobs.

María Manuela D. is a member of the Zhizho community bank and lives in the community of the same name. She has been in the community bank for 2 years and she works with cattle, selling the milk she obtains from them. She also raises animals such as guinea pigs and chicken and sells them for consumption.

María Manuela is 53 years old, married, and has 8 children aged 30, 27, 25, 21, 19, 17, 13 and 8. Her oldest daughter is married and lives on her own. 4 of her children work and help her with the family budget, and her 21 year old daughter helps with the housework at home. Her 13 year old daughter goes to high school ad her youngest son goes to the elementary school in the area. Her husband is a farmer, and with both their work, they were able to build a home. The money from the new loan will be invested in more chickens for her business. Her goal is to expand the raising of animals.

Mrs. María Luzmila Sánchez lives in the community of Zhizho. She is 31 years old, married, and has 3 children aged 12, 10 and 8. Her oldest son goes to high school and the two youngest are in elementary school in the area. Her husband works as a bricklayer and with both their work, they were able to build their own home.

For 11 years, Mrs. María Luzmila has done embroidery, which she learned on her own. Now she works at home without a set schedule from Monday through Friday.

This is the eighth loan she has taken out with the community bank and she is proud to belong to it since she has very good friends and companions there. She will invest the money from the loan in buying a new sewing machine for her work. Her dream is for her children to get ahead and to give them a better education.

In this group: Martha Melida, Julia Mercedes, Gloria María, María Celenia, Rosa Etelvina, Transito, Carmen Luzmila, María Manuela, Ana Rocío*, María Luzmila, María Lucinda
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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