A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy chickens and other animals.


Entrada A Chunazaca (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'Entrada a Chunazana' community bank is made up of eleven women and one man. They live in Chunazana community which is a cold climate area. The local people are very kind and hospitable. They raise animals, farm and many go to the city to work in different businesses. The members of this group are very hard-working people who make sacrifices for the well-being of their famlies.

Martha M. lives in Chunazana sector. This is the first loan that she has accessed through her community bank. She was invited to join the group by her sister. Martha is 25 years old, married, and has 4 children aged 9, 6, 4 and 1. Her eldest two children are attending a local elementary school. Her husband works as a laborer and, through their joint efforts, the couple have managed to build their own home. Martha's business is raising guinea pigs, chickens, hens, lambs and other livestock which she sells in her community She will invest her loan money in buying more chickens and more animals. Her goal is to have electric lighting in her home.

On this occasion, two ladies' husbands are accompanying them in the photograph, one is wearing a green t-shirt and the other is wearing a blue sweater with some green. Martha is wearing a black jacket.

In this group: Lidia Jaqueline, Nieves Lastemia, Blanca Licinda, Rosa Esperanza, Martha Isabel, Enma Lucinda, Rosa Carmen, José Alfredo, Virginia Orlanda, María Agripina, María Baleriana, Sonia María*
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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