A loan of $3,975 helped a member to purchase manure and fertilizer.


Camino Al Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank El Camino al Progreso is made up of eleven members who live around the parrish of Turi in Cuenca, which is known as the viewpoint. Turi has beautiful landscapes, its own culture, a craft economy, and vernacular architecture. The majority of the inhabitants work in agriculture and raising animals. Our members are strong and hardworking women who work in a variety of fields, which allows them to support their households and get their families ahead. The group is characterized by charisma and happiness. One of the members of this group is María Carmen, who is 42 years old, married, and has six children. Three are married and live independently and the others are 5, 12, and 18 years old. Her 18 year old son is at home and her two other children are studying in a school in the city. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer, and they own their own home. María Carmen works from Monday to Friday for half the day cultivating her strawberry plants, work she has done for two years. The other half of the day she spends embroidering, work she has done for 30 years, but only makes items by special order. This is her first loan and she will invest it in manure and fertilizers to improve her strawberry production. Her dream is to export her products. The children in the photo are children of two community bank members.

In this group: Sonia Alejandrina, Rosa Elena, María Bertha, María Carmen , Jessica Patricia, María Avelina, Rosa Elvira, Nancy Marlene, Trancito, María Eloisa, Diana Del Rocío
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd


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