A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy chickens and poultry feed.

Patococha (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank "Patococha" consists of seven members (six women and one man) who are friendly, kind, and have great charisma. They work hard each day in various activities so that they can maintain their financial independence and provide for their household expenses. In addition, they have kept the culture and traditions of their people. The members live in the surrounding neighborhoods of Victoria del Portete Parish in Cuenca. This place has beautiful plains that are suitable for raising cattle, as well as fertile land for agriculture. The architecture is a mix of the old and the modern. This place allows people to get away from the noise of the city and enjoy the peaceful countryside.

One of the members of this group is Sra. María Robertina. She is 42 years old, married, and has three children (ages 19, 17, and 14). Her oldest daughter is married and lives independently. The second daughter is a high school student, while the youngest, a son, works to cover his expenses. Her husband is a farm laborer. They do not own a home since they live on the estate where they work.

Sra María Robertina has worked as a farm laborer for 20 years. She works on the estate Sunday through Sunday, but without a set schedule. In addition, she raises guinea pigs and chickens. This is her first loan with the Communal Bank and she will invest in the purchase of chickens and poultry feed. Her goal is to have more animals.

In this group: María Rufina, María Robertina, Claudina Janeth, María Gricelda*, Narcisa Del Rocío, Wilmer Santiago, Aida Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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