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

Nuevo Porvenir (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Nuevo Porvenir is comprised of 13 members who are hard-working, determined, kind, warm-hearted women who work in agriculture and livestock farming. They also work in commerce, many work throughout the city. They are known for maintaining the culture and traditions of their villages. The parish of Cumbe is located southeast of the city of Cuenca. It has a cold climate and uneven geography, with large plains perfect for livestock and mountains that give us a beautiful countryside to relax in and admire nature.

One of the members of this group is María Dolores who is 42, married and has seven children. One of her daughters is married and lives independently. Two of her children study at a school that is far away and they also work. Three of her children go to the local school and her youngest daughter is still at home since she just turned three. Her husband is a bricklayer and the house they live in is their own.

María spends most of her time at home taking care of the family. But to contribute to the household economy she works the land and grows crops that she both sells and uses for home consumption. She also raises and sells chickens, pigs and guinea pigs, and has cows that give her milk to sell to milk collectors.

This is her third loan through the communal bank and she plans to use it to buy chickens and chicken feed.

Her goal is to keep expanding her livestock activity.

In this group: Carmen , Carmen Rosalina , Dolores, Olfa Mercedes, María Margarita, Ligia Celestina, María Natividad, María Luisa, María Asuncion*, Delfina Dominga, María Guillermina, María Dolores, Rosa Leticia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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