A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy chickens and chicken feed.

Prod Natura (Cuenca) Group's story

The Prod Natura communal bank is made up of 5 female members and 3 male members. They work selling natural products, and also work in other trades that allow them to improve the situations of their families. They live in different areas of the city of Cuenca, a city which became a cultural world heritage site in December 1999. The city's weather is cold but the warmth of its people makes it special, and they still keep the culture and traditions of the towns they come from. The city's cuisine captivates the palate of locals and visitors alike.

One of the members of this group is Jessica, who was invited to form part of the communal bank by her mother-in-law. She lives in the Victoria del Portete parish, and is a young woman of only 18 years old. She is married and has two children from this marriage, a two-year-old, and a 3-month-old baby. Her husband works in construction as a mason, and as they don't have their own home they live in Jessica's mother's house sharing household expenses.

Jessica spends her time taking care of her children because they are still very small, but in order to help with the household expenses she breeds chickens. She has been doing this for 5 months and it is going well.

This is her first loan and she is going to invest it in purchasing more chickens and chicken feed. Her goal is to grow this business.

In this group: María Esthela, Elvira Marina, María Elvira, María Eugenia, Luis Antonio, Jessica Fabiola, Diego Mauricio, Luis Miguel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Claudia Hinojosa

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