A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and pay for school expenses.

Las Del Río (Cuenca) Group's story

The village bank Las del Rio is made up of 10 women who are friendly, hardworking and very nice. They fight day to day to improve their economic situation at home and help their families get ahead. They live in the parish of Jadan in Cuenca. This area is surrounded by lush vegetation and the people raise animals, farm and make crafts like ropes. Many people commute daily to the city for work. They maintain the culture and traditions of their towns.

One of the members of this group is Martha, 22, who is single and lives with her parents. Her dad works as a mason and her mom is a housewife. They own their home.

She is in her third year of nursing school at the university and only works during vacations. At home she raises guinea pigs which she sells when she needs the money.

This is her fourth loan with the village bank and she will use it to buy guinea pigs and pay school expenses. Her goal is to finish her degree and be a good professional.

In this group: María Patricia, Eva Cecilia, Martha Verónica, Ana Matilde, Lina Sandra, María Ildaura, María Eulalia, Clara Dolores, María Rosario, Dolores Escolastica

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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