A loan of $4,300 helped a member to purchase chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and cattle.

Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbe communal bank consists 12 members who are kind, gentle and with very warm hearts. They work in various businesses, particularly agriculture, animal husbandry and trade. Their work enables them to help cover the costs of their homes and coping with their families. They live in the parish of Cumbe, south of the city of Cuenca. In this area there are large grazing ranches, farms, and both old and modern buildings which are in tune with the beauty of the place and give more variety to the landscape. The cuisine is varied and its people maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the members of this group is Maria Teresa, 50, who is married and has 5 children as a result of this marriage. Three of her sons are married and live independently, one daughter is studying at school and the other son lives at home. Her husband works abroad. He migrated for work to improve the family's economy. The house she lives in is their own property.

Maria Teresa looks after her household and also raises chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and cattle to sell when she has financial needs. She works in agriculture and her produce is only for home consumption.

She has been a member of the communal bank for 7 years, and the new loan will be invested in the purchase of chickens, pigs and guinea pigs to continue her business.

Maria Teresa's goal is to expand her business much more.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Nancy Fabiola, Julia Janneth, Rosa Elvira, María Teresa De Jesús, María Targelia, María Gladys*, María Rosa Florinda, Diana Pilar, María Lucrecia, Ruth Magaly, María Luzmila
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Fiona Craig

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