A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy chickens and poultry feed.

Las Minas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank “Las Minas” (The Mines) consists of 10 members who are hardworking, determined, and friendly women who work every day to support the finances of their households. They live in the parish of El Valle, a cold place that is surrounded by mountains. It has one of the most fertile areas for farming. The people are friendly and have maintained the traditions of their ancestors.

One of the members of this group is Sra. Luzmila. She lives in the outlying areas surrounding the parish of El Valle. Luzmila is 53 years old, separated from her spouse, and has five children. Three of them are married and independent while the others (ages 20 and 14) are single. Her 20-year-old son works and helps financially while her youngest daughter is a student at a sewing and dressmaking academy. Luzmila does not own a home, so she lives in a rental property.

Doña Luzmila spends her time in the field raising and selling guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs. She works alone on her land whenever she feels the need.

Luzmila is seeking her second loan with the Communal Bank and will invest the money in the purchase of chickens and the appropriate feed. Her goal is to grow her business of raising and selling animals.

The smaller photos are of two of the members who could not be present at the time the group photo was taken because of personal reasons.

In this group: María Cristina, María Magdalena, Gladys Margarita, María Rosa, María Felicia, María Asuncion , María Andrea, Luzmila Casilda, Digna Isabel, María Florencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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