A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, oil, detergents, basic products and guinea pigs.


Las Del Río (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Las del Rió is made up of 13 women who live in the surrounding communities of the Jadan parish. This place has a natural beauty and the people work raising animals and in agriculture. Many of the people also work in the city. Our members, each with their different jobs, are helping their households to get ahead. They are happy and hard-working women.

Mrs. Clara Dolores J. lives in the Jadan parish and this is her first loan in the communal bank after being invited by her neighbour to join the group. She is 37 years old, married, and has 7 children aged 19, 18, 13, 11, and 9, and her two youngest children are one year and four month old twins. Her oldest son works and helps the household economy. Her second and third sons are in high school, and her fourth son goes to a primary school in the city. Her husband works in construction and is a master builder. Through both of their work they have managed to build their own house. Clara Dolores has had a store for 10 years. She works there from Sunday to Sunday and from 7 in the morning to 9 at night. She also raises animals such as sheep, guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs that she sells in her community. She is going to invest the money from her loan in the purchase of more products for her store to grow a little more. Her goal is to have a barn for her chickens.

Mrs. María Eulalia J. lives in the community of Jadan and this is the second loan she has requested from the communal bank. She is 36 years old, married and has 6 children 20, 18, 16, 14, 9, and 6 years old. Her three oldest children work and help the household economy. Her fourth daughter goes to high school and her two youngest children go to a local primary school. Her husband works as a builder as well as a farmer. They do not have their own house and live by taking care of a house. Maria Eulalia works as a housekeeper. An activity she has done for 8 years, and where she works in agriculture. She also raises animals such as guinea pigs, pigs, cattle, and chickens which she sells in her community. She is going to invest the money from her loan in the purchase of guinea pigs. Her dream is to have her own house.

In this group: María Patricia, Eva Cecilia, Gloria Susana, Ana Matilde, Lina Sandra, María Ildaura, Mónica Graciela, Martha Verónica, Rosa Graciela, María Eulalia, Clara Dolores, María Rosario, Dolores Escolastica

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melissa C


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