A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy chickens.

Yanaturo Alto (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank Yanaturo Alto is made up of twelve women who fight each day in their various jobs. These jobs allow them to cover their household expenses and move their families forward. They are charismatic and happy people, they maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They live in the Yanaturo sector of the city of Cuenca. This city has a cold climate and its architecture is mixed between the colonial and modern styles. It is bathed by four rivers and since December 1999 it has been a Cultural Heritage City of Humanity.

One of the members of this group is Miriam. She is 20 years old and lives in a common-law marriage. She has one child that is just a month old. Her husband makes a living selling furniture. They do not have their own house because they rent their place.

Miriam at the moment is recovering from the birth. She is caring for her son who is very small. However, in order to help her husband with the household expenses, she makes a living raising and selling guinea pigs, chicken and pigs. She has done this work for two years.

This is her second loan that she is making with the communal bank and she is going to invest it in the purchase of chickens. Her goal is to have her own house.

In this group: Rosa Elvira, María Soledad, Sylvia Dayana, María Angeles, Carmen María, Vannessa Beatriz, Virginia Francisca*, Rosario, Miriam Catalina, Mariana De Jesús, María Delfina, María Josefa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti

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