A loan of $3,800 helped a member to buy building supplies and to buy pigs.

Maluay De Curiquinga (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Maluay de Curiquinga” communal bank is composed of 11 members who live in a community of Maluay 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 Rosa, 51. She’s married and has had ten children. Her oldest three children are married and live on their own, three work to cover their personal expenses, two of her children stay home and help with housework and her two youngest attend the little local school. Her husband stays home due to his age and the house they live in is theirs.

Rosa does household chores and farms. What she grows in her fields is for home consumption. She also raises and sells pigs, chickens, guinea pigs and she has a cow. She sells her animals in her community.

This is the fourth loan she’s taken out with the communal bank and she will use it to buy building supplies to build a larger shed for the chickens and to buy pigs. Her dream is to own a store.

In this group: María Sandra, María Eulalia, Teresa De Jesús, Janneth María, Narcisa Jesús, Carmen Isabel, Patricia Piedad, María Trancito, María Eugenia, Rosa Aurora, Blanca Arcelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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