A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy manure.

Gullapungro (Nabón) Group's story

This is the first loan the members of the “Gullanpugro” communal bank have taken out. They found out about the loan through other girlfriends in the community who are already members of other communal banks. They are 8 humble, hardworking women who for the most part work raising animals and in agriculture because they like working in the fields. Some of them, especially the young ones, go to work in the city. They live in Nabón Canton, a place with a very cold climate that has many places were nature can be enjoyed. Its cuisine and the clothing the people wear are traditional and people wear them proud to be able to still maintain their culture alive.

One of the group members is María Elvira, 46. She’s married and has 7 children. Three of her children work and live on their own and her other three are in distance education programs and also work and help her out economically. Only one of her daughters works for to cover her own personal expenses. Her husband works as a farmer and the house they live in is the fruit of their hard labor as a couple.

María Elvira forms part of an organization that plants various flowers and other plants in nurseries that are then potted and sold in the city. She’s been in this activity for 10 years. She also grows vegetables that she sells and has various animals like pigs, sheep, guinea pigs and dairy cattle that produce milk she sells in her community.

She will use the loan to buy manure to continue with the nurseries. Her goal is to expand the cattle raising.

In this group: Lidia María, Nelly Judith, Maritza Yolanda, Rosa Otilia, Blanca Georgina, Luisa Esperanza, María Elvira, María Carmen

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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