A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy vegetables, guinea pigs, and food for her animals.

San Luis (Cuenca) Group's story

The San Luis communal bank has nine female and three male members who live on the outskirts of Paute Canton, an area of temperate climate with a wide variety of fruit, and a favorable place for floriculture. The people work in commerce, selling typical food along the highway, and in agriculture and raising animals. The people maintain the culture and traditions of their communities. Our female members work in various activities that allow them to contribute to the economy of their homes and get their families ahead.

Luz is one of the members of this group. She lives on the outskirts of Paute Canton and is 43 years old and divorced. From her marriage she had eight children: four are independent, three work and help her economically, and one attends school locally. She doesn't have her own home but she lives in the house of one of her daughters.

Luz has been selling vegetables and legumes for 20 years. She sells her products only on market days, and she has her own stall in a market in the area. At home she raises chickens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

This is her first loan from the communal bank and she's going to invest it in her two businesses. She's going to buy vegetables to sell, guinea pigs, and food for her animals.

Her goal is to have a place to sell food.

In this group: Livia Margarita, Digna Fabiola, María Gabriela, Luz Mercedes, Nelis Fabiola, Gloria Esperanza*, Juan Jesús, María Ana, María Isabel, Carlos Felipe, Hernan Bolivar, Rosa Isabel*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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