A loan of $3,025 helped a member to purchase guinea pigs and chickens.

Nueva Ilusión (Cuenca) Group's story

The Nueva Ilusión (New Illusion) community bank consists of 11 women who live in the parish of Cumbre, which has a cool climate and the people maintain the culture and traditions of their ancestors. The members are very hard-working women who make a living in various activities such as commerce, livestock or agriculture. They have shown themselves to be fighters willing to sacrifice to support their household finances and make headway. Mónica lives in the Third of November community in Cumbre, is 19, married and has a 1-year-old son. Her husband is a construction worker. They do not have their own home so they live in her in-laws' house and share in the household expenses. Mónica dedicates herself to caring for her son and raising and selling chickens and guinea pigs, which she has been doing since she got married. She also enjoys crocheting, making traditional garments, which she learned to do herself. She has been a member of the community bank for the past two loan cycles and was invited to join by her mother-in-law. She plans to use the money from the loan to purchase chickens and guinea pigs. Her goal is to have a store. The two children in the photo belong to two of the members.

In this group: Ana Victoria, María Lorena, Mónica Priscila, Libia Mercedes, Jessica Liliana, Elsa Marlene, Blanca Guillermina, Gladys Alicia*, Grima Liduvina, Olga Bersabe, María Filomena
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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