A loan of $2,875 helped a member to buy chickens.

Progresar Al Futuro (Paute) Group's story

The "Progresar al Futuro" ("Progress to the Future") community bank has four female and three male members, who work in different economic activities, which allow them to meet their living expenses. They live in Paute, which is in the northeast of the province of Azuay in Ecuador. The climate is sub-tropical-temperate, and the beautiful countryside is a traditional tourist destination. The area is bathed by the Paute and Culticay rivers, which make it a rich region for growing fruit, flowers, and sugar cane. The people also maintain the culture and traditions of their villages.

Rosa María, 28, is one of the group's members. She lives with her partner and has a 10-month-old baby. Her partner works as a builder. They do not have their own home but live in a rented premise.

Rosa María looks after the needs of their home, caring for their son and raising guinea pigs that she then sells within the community.

This is her second loan with the community bank, which a friend invited her to join. She will use the funding to buy chickens so she can start to raise these animals. Her dream is to have her own house.

In this group: Rosa Elena, Elvia Celina, Rosa María, Vicente Rafael, María Ana, Luis Eduardo, Victor Manuel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ross Forman

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