A loan of $6,175 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and chickens.


San Vicente (Cuenca) Group's story

The San Vicente communal bank has 21 members, all of whom are highly charismatic, kind, and pleasant. They work in agriculture, livestock, and embroidery, and many of them work in the city in various jobs. They continue to maintain the culture and tradition of their people. They live on the outskirts of the Victoria del Portete parish, which is south of Cuenca city. Their bank name is in honour of the battle that occurred there, on the hillsides of Portete, on February 27, 1829.
One of the group members is Señora María Elvia. She is 32, and married with four children ages 15, 14, 12 and 11. Her two eldest children are in high school, and her two youngest are in elementary school. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. They own their own home thanks to their combined hard work.
Maria Elvia embroiders. She learned this work seven years ago and now runs this business from her home, based on orders. She also raises guinea pigs, hens, cows, and sheep, which she sells in her community.
She has been a member of the communal bank for four years. She will invest this new loan in the purchase of guinea pigs and chickens.
Her goal is to expand her home.
In the photo, a daughter of one of the members is seen standing next to the blackboard, wearing the black shirt that has white laces.

In this group: Silvia Teresa, María Martha, Zoila Balvina, Diana Patricia, María Elvira, Luz Beatriz, María Nancy, Rosa Beatriz, Digna Isabel, Rosa Micaela, Clementina, María Judith, María Natividad, María Nieves, Ana Cecilia, Patricia Alexandra, María Natividad Etelvina, María Zoila, Julia Narcisa, Rosa Alejandrina, Diana María

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper


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