A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy chickens and animal feed.

La Inmaculada (Cuenca) Group's story

La Inmaculada is a communal bank that was formed by 5 female members and 1 male member. They all live in different parts of the Santa Ana parish in Cuenca, where the weather is cold but the people are warm-hearted. It’s a place that has beautiful landscapes where you can enjoy nature. The people there, particularly the eldest, continue to wear typical clothing and do fieldwork like farming and raising animals. Many people work in the city doing different jobs that help them improve their financial situation at home.

One of the members of this group is Esther. She became a member of the La Inmaculada communal bank 3 and a half years ago. Since then, loans have helped her to continue to work in the fields.

Esther is a young woman, barely 25 years old, who is married and has 4 children aged 9, 6, 4 and 2. The two older children study at the local school, and the two younger ones go to daycare. Her husband works as a bricklayer, a trade he learned from his father. They own their house, which they built together.

Esther does household work and also works in the field. She raises guinea pigs, pigs and hens, and also farms, with her harvest used for the household and for sale. She will use the loan to buy chickens to raise in the brood, and to buy food for all of her animals. Her goal is to improve her house.

The small photo is of the member who couldn’t be there when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Esther Yolanda, Martha Adriana, Ana Lucia, Rosa Cristina, Carmen Esperanza, Darwin Ruben

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Audra Longert

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