A loan of $4,750 helped a member to buy pigs.

Gualaceñitas (Gualeceo) Group's story

The Las Gualaceñitas communal bank is made up of 14 members who live in the canton of Gualaceo. This canton is known as the garden of Azuay because of its suitable land and template climate. They also raise animals and have commerce there. Its people are kind, polite and hardworking, like our members. Their able hands make the finest shoes and other artisanal crafts. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

One of the members of this group is Mariana de Jesús. She is 53, married and the mother of 11 children. Two of her children are married, four work and study elsewhere, 1 is in high school and 4 work and help out financially. Her husband is a farmer, and they own the house they live in.

Mariana de Jesús is a farmer. She grows and sells vegetables. She also raises pigs and chickens and embroiders. She has embroidered for 24 years and learned the activity on the job. She works Mondays through Fridays with no set schedule, because she works at home.

She has been a member of the communal bank for a year and will invest the new loan in buying pigs.

Her dream is for her children to get ahead and have good jobs.

The two small photos are of three members who weren't able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Yolanda Beatriz, Diana Beatriz, Natali Marisol, Carmelina, Blanca Liduvina, Tania Alexandra, Daniela Adriana*, Mariana De Jesús, Celia Mariana, Anagabriela, Margarita Auxiliadora, María Carmen, María Rosa, María Teresa
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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