A loan of $1,900 helped a member to buy fertilizer, seeds, and animal feed.

Unión Y Prosperidad (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank, "Unión y Prosperidad" (Union and Prosperity), consists of 7 members and 1 partner who live in the parish Zhidmad in Cuenca. This parish is characterized by cold weather and has lush vegetation, where one can enjoy the peace that nature gives us. Its people are of a very warm heart, devoted to work in agriculture, animal husbandry, and trade. Many people work in the city doing different activities that allow them to improve the economic security of their homes. They still retain the culture and traditions of their people.

One of the members of this group is the Blanca. Blanca is 32 years old, married and in her union conceived 6 children, who are 14, 13, 11, 9, 7 and 2 years old. Her first two daughters are studying in high school and three of her children are in a small school in the neighborhood. Her husband works as a sawyer (in a sawmill), and the house in which they live is their own.

Blanca is is responsible for household chores and caring for their children. She also raises guinea pigs, chickens and cattle to sell in the community. Her other occupation is agriculture, what she harvests is only for home consumption.

This is the first loan she is requesting from the communal bank, from which she was invited by her brother. This loan is going to be invested in the purchase of fertilizer for her pastures,and seeds and food for their animals.

Her goal is that her children become good professionals.

In the picture with the group is the husband of one of the members; he is the man in a white shirt.

In this group: María Lourdes, Silvia Margarita, María Flora, Manuel Francisco, Ana Margarita, Blanca Alejandrina, María Leticia, María Dolores

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Angela Yeh

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