A loan of $3,750 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and food for animals.

Rosas Rojas (Paute) Group's story

The communal bank Rosa Rojas is made up of ten female members who work daily doing different jobs, especially ones in the countryside. They are nice, kind people and still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. The canton of Paute has a warm climate which is favorable for a great variety of flowers and harvests of the best fruits. This region has various places to visit from which to admire nature's beauty in all its splendor. Its gastronomy is very varied and captivates the palate of its own region and foreign regions.

One of the female members of this group is María Susana. She's 41 years old, a widow, and has three children from her marriage who are 18, 12, and 8 years old. Her first son works and helps her financially, and her last two children are studying at a small school of the locality. The house in which she lives is her property.

Mrs. María Susana makes a living doing the daily work of her home and sometimes works farming other peoples' lands. She also makes a living raising guinea pigs and chicken, and farming her land. The harvests are for the consumption of her household.

This is her eighth loan with the communal bank and she is going to invest it in the purchase of guinea pigs and food for her animals.

Her dream is to give her children a better education and for them to be professionals.

The three small photographs are of three female members that couldn't be present when the group's photo was taken.

In this group: Blanca Azucena, María Mercedes, Olga Isabel, Fanny Fabiana, Julia Leonor, Blanca Leonor, Rosa Elvira, Mercedes Mónica, Carmen Elena, María Susana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Birk

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