A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and manure.

Mujeres De Chilcatotoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'Mujeres de Chilcatotoras' (Women of Chilcatotoras) community bank is made up of 12 women who mainly work in agriculture and livestock raising. These jobs allow them to be near their children, in order to look after them and contribute to their family finances. They live in the community of Chilcatotoras, in the parish of Taqui. This parish has a cold climate and is known as an area that is dedicated to agriculture and livestock raising. The people are kind and charismatic.

Carmen Rocío L. lives in the community of Chilcatotoras. This is the third loan that she has accessed through her community bank. She was invited to join the community bank by her friend.

Carmen is 20 years old. She lives with her partner and has 2 children aged 2 and 1. Her husband works in the construction industry as a bricklayer. They don't own their own home but live in her mom's house, sharing expenses.

Carmen Rocío looks after her children who are still young. She also takes care of her household chores and raises animals such as lambs and guinea pigs. She sells these animals when she has a financial need to do so.

Carmen Rocío will invest her loan money in buying guinea pigs in order to continue in her business. Her goal is to own her own home to live in together with her family.

Susana Angelica G. lives in the community of Chilcatotoras. She is 27 years old, married, and has 2 children aged 6 and 4. Her eldest child attends the local elementary school. Her husband works as a construction worker and together they have managed to build their own home.

Susana Angelica is taking her first loan through her community bank. She was invited to join by a friend. Her business is raising animals such as hens, pigs and cattle. She sells the milk that she obtains from her cows to milk floats in the area. She has been in this business for 4 years. She will invest her loan money in buying manure to fertilize her pastures. Her goal is to finish building her home since she still has some work to carry out.

In this group: María Angelita, Celia Margarita, Libia Lourdes, Carmen Amelia, Ruth Melania, Teresa Elvira, Susana Angelica, Carmen Rocío, Nelly Estela, Sandra Lorena, Gloria Emperatriz, Rosa Elvira

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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