A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy pigs and chickens.

Cristo Del Consuelo (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank of Cristo del Consuelo consists of 8 women who are determined, hardworking and very cheerful despite life's difficulties. They work in different jobs, that have allowed them to move forward and contribute to their household finances. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This city has a cold climate but very warm-hearted people who maintain the culture and traditions of their people. The city of Cuenca is reknowed for its colonial architecture.

One of the members of this group is Señora María Blanca. She lives on the outskirts of the city of Cuenca. She is 40 years and married. She has 7 children from the marriage: 17, 15, 14, 12, 10, 4 and 3 years of age. Her two eldest children work and study by distance learning; her 3rd and 4th child studies at school and her 10 year old son studies as a small school in the city. Her husband works in the construction industry as a builder. The house she lives in is her own property, bought through the sacrifice of the couple both working.

Doña María Blanca has been selling fruit for the last 18 years. She works Mondays to Saturdays from 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening. She is a street vendor. At home she raises chickens, guinea pigs and pigs which she sells in the city. This is her 4th loan and she is going to invest it in the purchase of pigs and chickens. Her dream is to have a vehicle

The small photo attached is of one of the members who for personal reasons was inable to be present when the photo was taken.

In this group: Olga Tarcila, Blanca Norma, María Alegría, Esther Amelia, Gloria Elida, Zoila Aurora, María Blanca, María Enriqueta

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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