A loan of $3,650 helped a member to purchase chickens.


Las Minas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Las Minas communal bank is composed of 11 women and 1 man. They live in the Del Valle parish, also called "San Bautista de El Valle". It is located to the southeast of Cuenca. It has many places to visit, such as the lake of Cochapamba (full of totora [a species of bulrush]). This parish is famous for its corn production. A large part of its territory is dedicated to short-cycle crops such as corn, beans, and potatoes. Its people dedicate themselves to business, raising animals, and agriculture, and many work in the city in various activities. Its people maintain the culture and traditions of their communities. They are very pleasant and kind, like the members of our communal bank, who work in various activities that permit them to cover their household expenses and move their families forward. One of the members of this group is Hilda. She is 26 years old. She lives in a common-law marriage and has 4 children. Her last child is a baby who is 8 months old, and the others are 3, 4, and 8 years old. Her oldest son is studying in a little school in the town. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. The house they live in is their own property. Hilda spends most of her time at home, since her children are still young. There she farms, and what she harvests is for the consumption of the household. She also raises chickens and guinea pigs, which she sells in her community. This is her fifth loan with the communal bank, and she is going to use it to buy chickens in order to continue with this activity. Her goal is to work in a dressmaking workshop.

In this group: María Cristina, María Magdalena, Gladys Margarita, María Asunción, María Felicia, Luis Alfonso, María Esther, María Andrea, Luzmila Casilda, Digna Isabel, María Florencia*, Hilda Mercedes
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat


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