A loan of $4,000 helped a member to buy manure, seeds, and tires.

Entrada A Chunazaca (Nabón) Group's story

Entrada a Chunazaca Communal Bank is made up of 12 women and 1 man who live in Nabón Canton, a place of rugged geography with a cold climate and large expanses for enjoying nature beyond the routine of the city. The residents work raising animals and in agriculture, and many of them leave the city every day to do various types of work, which allows them to improve the household finances. The people still preserve the dress, culture, and traditions of their communities. They are pleasant, kind, and warm hearted.

One of the members of this group is Lidia Rocío, 21. She is married and from this relationship has a five-year-old child who will begin school this year. Her husband works in the construction field as a bricklayer. Her house is her own property, built with her husband's labor.

Lidia Rocío works in the home and taking care of her son. Since she is at home, she makes the most of the time to work in agriculture. She grows vegetables that she sells in her community or in the city of Cuenca. She also raises and sells pigs and chickens. She has been doing this work for seven years.

She is on her second loan with the communal bank and she's going to invest it in buying manure, seeds, and also tires for a vehicle she owns.

Her goal is to have a more stable business, such as a store.

In this group: Virginia Orlanda, María Agripina, Lidia Jaqueline, Digna Yolanda, Silvia Rocio, Enma Lucinda, Lidia Rocio, José Alfredo, Nancy Graciela, Blanca Licinda*, Martha Isabel, Martha Maribel, María Baleriana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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