A loan of $2,150 helped a member to buy chickens, pigs and calves.

Mujeres Cumbeñas (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Mujeres Cumbeñas” communal bank is composed of eight women and one man who work in different activities to provide family income. They are tenacious, hard working, very charismatic people. They live among the Victoria del Portete and Cumbe Parishes which are characterized by having cold climate. Their residents raise animals and farm; many of the residents have emigrated in search of better employment.

Mrs. Magali T. lives in Cumbe Parish’s 24 de Mayo community. She’s 27 years old, married and has had three children who are 11, 4 and 2 years of age. Her first daughter goes to a local school. Her husband works as a Carpenter. They do not have a house of their own; they rent.

Magali is a housewife and tends to her children. Sometimes she takes in laundry. She raises chickens, pigs and calves at home which she then sells in her community.

This is her second loan with the communal bank. She will use it to buy more animals so that her business will grow. Her goal is to finish secondary school.

In this group: Magali Tania, Norma Jhaquelin, Piedad Cecilia, María Sarbelia, María Manuela, Ana Cesilia, Libia Marisol*, Luis Norberto, Bilma Alejandrina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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