A loan of $2,200 helped a member to purchase chickens and guinea pigs.

Las Americas (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Las Americas is made up of 6 women and 1 man, who are friends and live in different communities in Cuenca city. They work in agriculture and raise animals, and also work in the city in various activities which allow them to contribute to their household costs. These members are very hard working, friendly and charismatic women who strive each day to help their families.

Señora Rosa Q. lives in the Tutupali Chico community. This is her first loan with the communal bank and she was invited by her cousin, who also belongs to the group. She is 40 years old, is married and has 6 children - 19, 17, 16, 14, 12 and 11 years old. Her four oldest children work and help with the household costs, and her two youngest study in a local school. Rosa's husband is a builder, and with both working and making sacrifices they have managed to build their own home.

Rosa works in agriculture, sowing vegetables and garden produce to sell and consume. She also breeds animals such as chickens, guinea pigs, pigs, cows and sheep, which she sells when she needs to. Rosa will use the money from this loan to purchase chickens. Her goal is to have a shop in her house.

Sandra A. lives in the Cruce district in the Cumbe parish. She is 19, is single and has an 8 month old baby. She lives in her mother's house and they share the household costs. They don't have their own home as she looks after a house. Sandra has been working as a domestic employee for 2 months, and she also breeds guinea pigs in her house. This is her first loan with the communal bank, and she was invited to join by her cousin. The money from this loan will be used to purchase more guinea pigs. Her dream is to have a workshop where she makes clothes.

In this group: Rosa Savina, Luz Esperanza, Aida Leonor, Angel Modesto, Rosa Elvira, Sandra Noemi, Carmen Piedad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane McCrory

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