A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy pigs and guinea pigs.

Nuevas Amigas (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Nuevas Amigas consists of 7 women who are responsible, hardworking, charismatic and happy women. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This city has been a cultural heritage site since 1999. It has a beautiful historical city centre which tells of the city's history, culture and traditions. The people are very warm and friendly, as are our members who struggle daily to improve their economic situation and take care of their families.

One of the members of this group is Señora Ana. She lives in a community that belongs to the parish of Baños (Cuenca). She is 25 years old, married and has an 8 month old baby. Her husband is a driver by profession and works offering his services for sightseeing tours. They do not own their own house and so rent.

Doña Ana breeds and sells animals such as pigs and guinea pigs. She has been doing this work for the last 3 years. She works only on weekdays and spends the rest of the time taking care of her child and home.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 5 years and has invested her loans in growing her business. She is going to invest this loan in the purchase of pigs and guinea pigs to continue growing the business.

Her goal is to raise chickens to start in this business.

The small photos are of 3 members who for work reasons could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Natalia, María Leonor, Verónica Adriana, Ana Catalina, María Gladys, Diana Mayra, Blanca Azucena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Blyth

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