A loan of $6,125 helped a member to buy chickens.

Barrio Sucre (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal Barrio Sucre consists of 12 members, who are hard-working, fighting women who work in different activities but especially in the fields of raising animals and agriculture. They also work in commerce, and some go out daily to work in the city, returning to their homes at night. They live throughout the parish of Cumbe, in Cuenca, where they can enjoy the great pastures of livestock farms, old estates, and estates of modern construction, which, without having the charm of traditional architecture, are not altogether out of place but rather give variety to the landscape. Its people maintain the traditions and culture of their towns.

One of the members of this group is Señora Juana, who is 42 years old. She is divorced from her husband, but has four children from her marriage. Three are married and live independently. Her youngest daughter is 9 years old and goes to a little school in the town.

Doña Juana works at her household duties and in agriculture. What she harvests is only for consumption in her home. She also raises pigs, lambs, guinea pigs, and chickens, which she sells in her community when she has some economic need.

She is a founding member of the communal bank, and she is going to invest her loan in the purchase of chickens to continue growing in this business. Her goal is to increase her animal-raising business.

In this group: Judith Eulalia, María Nancy , Carmen Yolanda, Gladys María, Norma Evangelina, María Margarita, Juana Agripina, Julia Robertina, Leonor Patricia, María Dolores, Celia Guillermina, María Dolores

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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