A loan of $4,750 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs and pigs.

El Paraiso (Cuenca) Group's story

The “El Paraíso” (Paradise) communal bank is composed of 13 women who are friends, have their own businesses and also are dedicated to farming and to raising animals. These activities allow them to contribute to household economy and to get ahead with their families. They live around Cumbe Parish. This is a cold climate parish whose residents are very hard working and dedicated to various activities; some of them have migrated in search of better opportunities. Its people are very kind, cordial and they still practice their culture and traditions.

One of the members is María Dolores. She lives around Cumbe Parish. She is rejoining the communal band because a while back she was a member of a different one.

She is 60 years old but her soul is very young and she has a great sense of humor. She’s a widow but in her marriage she conceived three children who are adults now. They are all single and working and help her economically. With work and sacrifice she managed to build her own house.

María is a small farm animal merchant. She’s been in this line of work since she was 20 years old. She works Sunday to Sunday.

She wants to use the money from her loan to buy animals like chickens, guinea pigs and pigs to continue in business. Her goal is to continue growing in animal sales.

The little boy in the photo who’s seated wearing a red sweater is the son of one of the members.

In this group: Ana Maruja, Monica Mariela, Sandra Isabel, María Gudela, Julia Luzmila, Lilia Soledad, Rosa Cecilia, María Dolores, Pilar Amparito, Carmita De Lourdes, María Magdalena, Teresa Isabel, María Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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