A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy animal and pig feed.

Camino Al Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

The “El Camino al Progreso” (The Road to Progress) communal bank has 12 members who live in different parts of Turi Parish in Cuenca. This parish is known as “La Merced de Turi” and is located in the southeast of the city. It is very popular because a great part of the city of Cuenca can be observed from there. It’s also knows as “El Balcón Cuencano” [The Cuenca Balcony]. Its residents, like our members, are nice, kind people who raise animals, farm and are merchants. Many go out daily to work in various jobs in the city. They preserve the culture and traditions their parents have instilled in them.

One of the members of this group is María Eloisa, 34. She’s married and has had three children who are 14, 11 and 3 years of age. Her oldest daughter attends secondary school and her second daughter the little local elementary school. Her husband’s a painter by profession and the house they live in is theirs.

María Eloisa does her household chores but since they live in the countryside she works in agriculture. She plants vegetables and greens both for home consumption and to sell; she also raises pigs and chickens, activities she’s been doing for several years.

This is the second loan she’s taken with the communal bank and she will use it to buy animal and pig feed. Her goals are to grow as a pig farmer and to own a farm.

In this group: Sonia Alejandrina, Rosa Elena, María Carmen , Jessica Patricia , María Avelina, Nancy Margarita, María Bertha, Rosa Elvira*, Trancito, María Eloisa, Diana Del Rocio, María Rosa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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