A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy guinea pigs.

San Luis De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank “San Luís de Cumbe” consists of eight women and one man who live on the outskirts of Cumbe parish in the city of Cuenca. This parish experiences cold weather. The people are extremely warm-hearted and have maintained the culture and traditions of their ancestors. This parish is known for the structure of its houses, which are made of adobe and tiles. The people engage in livestock breeding and agriculture. Many of them work in the city in various activities.

One of the members of this group is Sra. Rosa Etelvina. This is her first loan with the Communal Bank after receiving an invitation from a neighbor. She is 43 years old, married, and has six children (ages 25, 21, 9, 7, 5, and 3). Her first two children are married and live independently. Three of her children attend a school in the city. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. They own the house in which they live, which was built as a result of her husband’s work and sacrifice.

Doña Rosa Etelvina takes care of the household and also spends most of her time raising and selling cattle, guinea pigs, and chickens. She also grows crops, but what she produces is only for household consumption. The money from her loan will be invested in the purchase of guinea pigs to raise. Her goal is to complete the construction of her house, which is lacking a few finishing touches.

The smaller attached photo is of three members of the group who were not present when the main group photo was taken because they had to work.

In this group: María Raquel, Julia Rebeca, María Lorgia, María Josefa, Rosa María, Juan Bautista, Luis Alberto, Rosa Etelvina, Segunda Mercedes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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