A loan of $2,350 helped a member to buy sheep, chicken, and animal feed.


Tocte (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Tocte comprises 5 women and one man who live in Tocte, a community in Jadan parish in Cuenca. The community celebrates the local traditions and festivals like the costume ball and the vaca loca [crazy cow], the castle fireworks, and more. Most of the residents farm or raise poultry, planting corn, beans, wheat, peas, and soy, and make rope. The people are friendly and kind and are very proud of keeping the local traditions alive. Zoila María, 52, is one of the bank's members. She is married, and 4 of her 5 children from the marriage are adults who work and offer her financial support. Her youngest son is 11 and attends a small public school. Her husband has been a construction worker since he was very young, and they own their home. Zoila María works very hard tilling her fields. Her harvests feed the family; if there is surplus food, she sells it. She also raises and sells guinea pigs, sheep, chicken, and cattle. She still makes rope so that she doesn't lose the skills that her parents taught her. She has been a member of the communal bank for 6 years, and she will use this new loan to buy sheep, chicken, and animal feed. Her goal is to own more animals.

In this group: Elvira De Jesús, María Ana, Norma Lucia, Luis Angel, María Zoila, Zoila María
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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