A loan of $1,725 helped a member to buy pigs.

La Imaculada (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank La Inmaculada comprises 1 male and 6 female members. They work daily at different jobs that allow them to economically support their households and pay their expenses. The members are friendly, kind, and cordial, in keeping with the culture and traditions of their towns. They live in Santa Ana parish in Cuenca. The area enjoys a beautiful view of nature. From the parish center, you can admire the view of a large part of the city of Cuenca. The people farm, raise animals, and do different activities in the city.

Rosa Cristina is one of the group's members.She is 36 years old and the single mother of 5 children, who are 18, 16, 13, 11 y 9 years old. Her three oldest children are attending high school, and the two youngest study at a small neighborhood school. She owns the house in which she lives.

Rosa Cristina has been a maid for 8 years. She works Monday to Friday from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. At home, she raises animals such as pigs, sheep, chicken, and guinea pigs, which she sells in her community. She also farms, and what she harvests is only for consumption at home.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 7 years, and this new loan is to buy pigs. Her goal is to finish her house.

In this group: Esther Yolanda, Martha Adriana, Rosa Amelia, Ana Lucia, Rosa Cristina, Rosa Libia, Darwin Ruben

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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