A loan of $2,800 helped a member to buy a cow.


Tomebamba (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "Tomebamba" consists of six women who live in different places of the city. They formed this communal bank because they are friends and know each other from their work or from the place where they live. They live in the surroundings of the city of Cuenca.

This city is known as the Athens of Ecuador, surrounded by four rivers, making it a unique city. Its people transmits warmth and charisma to the visitors, and make them feel at home. Its cuisine captivates the palate of its visitors. They still retain the culture and traditions of their people.

They work in different activities, which allow them to provide for their families. One of the members is Rosa Narcisa de Jesús, who has been requesting loans in Fundación Espoir for six years. She has been part of some communal banks where she has some friends, but now she is a member of the communal bank "Tomebamba".

She lives in the community of Zhizho, belonguing to the parish of Victoria del Portete. She is 41 years old, is married and fruit of their conjugal union she conceived two children who are 14 and ten years old. Her first son studies at the school and her second daughter in a small school in the village. Her husband works as a building worker, job that he learned when we was very young. They own the house where they live, it's the reward for their hard work as a couple.

She stays at home taking care of her family, and because she lives in the country, she raises chickens, cattle, pigs, and guinea pigs to sell in the city. She also embroiders skirts (traditional clothes). She learned this activity when she was 14 years old.

The loan will be invested in buying a cow to keep growing the business of raising animals. Her goal is to have more sewing machines so she can have a workshop for embroidery and tailoring.

The small picture is from a member who could not be there when the picture was taken.

In this group: María Natividad, María Laura, Rosa Lia, Elsa Catalina, Erika Lizbeth, Rosa Narcisa De Jesús

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elisabet Falgueras


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