A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy hens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

Pucacruz (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Pucacruz" communal bank is made up of eight members who are all friends from the same community, which is in the parish of Valle in Cuenca. It's a parish that has many places to enjoy; its architecture is a mixture of modern and historical. The members are kind, warm people; some of them earn a living working in markets, but the work that they have in common is raising animals and agriculture. They are also proud to maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

One of the members of this group is María Dolores. This is the first loan that she has taken out in the communal bank, which she was invited to join by a friend. She is 48 years old, married, and has four children from her marriage. Two of them are married and live on their own, and her youngest son, who is 15 years old, is studying at a school in the city. Her other daughter set out on a trip seven years ago, but they haven't had any news from her since she left the house; they are still hoping that that day will arrive. María Dolores's husband is a farmer, and they own the house they live in.

María Dolores spends her time doing household chores and working in the fields. She grows potatoes and vegetables that she sells in the city. She also raises guinea pigs, lambs, pigs, and hens, which she sells in her community.

She will invest her loan in the purchase of better breeds of hens, guinea pigs, and pigs.

Her goal is to finish her house since it still lacks some of the doors and windows.

In this group: María Rosario, Rosa Cecilia, María Transito, María Yolanda, Ana Lucia, María Dolores, Rosa Elvira, Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey

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