A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy chickens and chicken food.


Soledad Del Valle (Cuenca) Group's story

The Soledad del Valle Community Bank comprises 5 female and 2 male members. They are hard working, friendly and kind hearted people who work in diffferent activities, which allows them to be financially independent and to help pay the household bills. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca, a city of natural and architectural beauty, which has been classified as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site since December 1999. The people of the city maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. The gastronomy is very varied, cultivating the palate of both locals and visitors.

Zoila is one of the members of the Community Bank. She is 34, in a civil partnership and has two children aged 9 and 7, who study at a small school in the city. Her partner works abroad; he has migrated in order to provide a better future for his family. She doesn’t own her own home and so they rent.
Zoila stays at home to look after their children, as they are still young. She also breeds chickens and guinea pigs, which she sells as and when she needs the money. She has had this business for 2 years.

She is going to use the new loan to buy chickens and chicken food.

Her goal is to own her own home.

The smaller photo is of a member of the group who, for work reasons, could not be present when the photo of the group was taken.

In this group: María Rosario, Zoila Mercedes, Sandra Patricia, Rafaela De Los Angeles, Blanca Sara, Adolfo*, Arturo De Jesús
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rachael Walker


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