A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and seeds.

Asunción (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Asunción” communal bank has four female and four male members who work hard in their various work activities to raise their families. They are very cheerful, charismatic people who have good senses of humor. They live in various parts of the city of Cuenca, a city that has much to offer to locals and foreigners alike because of its cultural, religious, architectural and natural wealth.

One of the group members is María Rafaela. She lives in the city of Cuenca but she’s originally from Guachapala Canton. She’s 53 years old, married and has five children who are all adults now. Two are married and independent and her three single children work and are independent. Her husband works in agriculture. They don’t own a house; they are renters.

María Rafaela goes to her canton daily where she owns a piece of property where she raises guinea pigs, chickens and livestock. She also farms vegetables that she sells in her canton returning to Cuenca at night.

This is her first loan with the communal bank that she was invited to join by a niece. The money from her loan will be used to buy guinea pigs and seeds to plant. Her dream is to have a house of her own in the city of Cuenca.

In this group: Blanca Esperanza, María Eugenia, Marco Antonio, María Rafaela, Jaime Rodrigo, José Antonio, María Virginia, Klever Orlando

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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