A loan of $5,575 helped a member to buy chickens.

Mijeres De Chilcatotoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres de Chilcatotoras communal bank is made up of 13 members who work in different activities, mainly in the country, both raising animals and farming. They are kind, polite people with a lot of charisma. They live in the parish of Tarqui in Cuenca. It has a small urban parish center with an irregular shape and houses made of adobe, waddle and daub and thatched roofs. It retains is specific and traditional architecture, its church and the access roads that connect the parish to the city of Cuenca.

One of the members of this group is María Rosa. She is 47 years old, a widow and the mother of 7 children, aged 28, 23, 22, 19, 16, 14 and 10 years old. Four of her children work and help her financially. Her fourth child is special, so he stays at home. Her second youngest is at home and helps with the housework and her youngest daughter goes to a school in the community. She doesn't own her own home and lives in one of her children's houses.

María Rosa raises cattle, chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits, which she sells in her community. She also farms and her harvests are just for her household consumption.

She has been in the communal bank for two years and will invest the new loan in buying chickens.

Her goal is to have a farm.

In this group: María Angelita, Celia Margarita, Sandra Lorena, Carmen Amela, Teresa Elvira, Susana Angelica, Carmen Rocio, Libia Lourdes, Nelly Estela, Gloria Emperatriz, Rosa Elvira, María Rosa, Rosita Lucia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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