A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy guinea pigs.

La Gran Amistad (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'La Gran Amistad' (Great Friendship) community bank is made up of 9 women who work hard every day in their different businesses which allow them to help with their household expenses. Our members are very hard-working women who face difficulties with a smile on their face. They live on the outskirts of Cumbe parish. This is a cold climate parish whose people work in commerce, farm and raise livestock. Many people have traveled abroad in search of a better job and a better future for their families.

María T. lives in 3 de Noviembre community in Cumbe. She has been a member of her community bank for 3 years.

María is 41 years old, married, and has seven children aged 23, 22, 20, 18, 14, 10 and 7. Her eldest three children are married and live independently. Her fourth child (a daughter) helps her with the housework and her three youngest children are attending a local school. Her husband is a day laborer. They don't own their own home and live in a rental house.

María cleans and looks after a house from Monday to Friday, from 6.00am to 5.00pm. In her own home she raises guinea pigs which she sells when she has a financial need to. She will invest her loan money in buying more guinea pigs. Her biggest dream is to own her own home.

In this group: María Cecilia, Nelly Cecilia, Johanna Maritza, Sara Ines, Digna Amelia, Rosa Blanca, Julia Oliva, Mercy Cecilia, María Dolores

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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