A loan of $6,100 helped a member to buy animal feed and nylon.

Vegaspamba (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Vegaspamba is comprised of 18 women who live in the community of Vegaspamba, which belongs to the Jada Parish in Cuenca. This community maintains the traditions and customs of its festivities, such as a masquerade dance, music band, fireworks, crazy cows, etc. The activities the majority of the inhabitants is involved in are agriculture and poultry farming. They grow corn, beans, wheat, peas and also make rope. They are a kind, gentle people whose major source of pride is the fact that they keep the traditions of their villages alive.

One of the members of this group is Rosa Balvina, 60, who is divorced and has six children who are all adults, married and live independently. She takes care of a grandson who is now 13 and studying at the city school. The house she lives in belongs to her.

Rosa Balvina works as a farmer and what she harvests is for home consumption. She also raises and sells pigs, guinea pigs and chickens. In order not to lose the tradition she learned from her parents of making rope, she still does this in her community.

She is a founding member of the communal bank, and will use this new loan to buy animal feed and nylon to make rope.

Her greatest dream is for her grandson to become a good professional.

In this group: Zoila Elena, Ruth Cecilia, Luz Esperanza, Rosa Adelina, María Eugenia, Flor Ermencia*, Lus María, Ruth Cecilia, Rosa Elena, Rosa Balvina, Zoila Mercedes, María Ines, Mariela Alexandra, Carmen Amelia*, María Rosa, Ana Cecilia, María Luz, María Mercedes
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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