A loan of $5,050 helped a member to buy chicks and guinea pigs.

Maluay (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Maluay” communal bank is composed of 12 members who live in a community of the same name belonging to Valle Parish in Cuenca. This place has a cold climate and is surrounded by mountains that allow us to have a beautiful view of nature. Its architecture blends the modern with the colonial; its residents preserve the culture and traditions of its peoples. Our members are nice, kind, very charismatic women who are noted for being very hardworking and tenacious and who work daily to improve their economy and give their children a better future. They still preserve traditional cuisine of its peoples as well as their culture and traditions.

One of this group’s members is María Doralisa, 43. She’s a widow and has 8 children. One of them is married and lives on his own; two work and help her economically at home, one is attending secondary school and her four youngest are attending the little local school. The house she lives in his hers.

María Doralisa does household chores and for the last five years has been working recycling but only two days of the week. At home she raises and sells pigs, chickens and guinea pigs and also works in agriculture; what she grows is for home consumption.

She’s been in the communal bank for four years and will use the new loan to buy chicks and guinea pigs to continue growing in this activity. Her dream is to purchase a vehicle.

The two small photos are of three members who were unable to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Celinda, María Rosario, Rosa Sarbelia, María Cruz, Rosa Agripina, Delia Esther, Ana Piedad, Mariana De Jesús, Luz Victoria, Martha Yolanda, Ana Cecilia, María Doralisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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