A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy feed for her cattle.


Cumbe Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbe Centro community bank has six female members who are mainly family members and friends. They work every day in their businesses raising livestock, farming and selling products. These activities allow them to be financially independent women and help improve their household finances. They are kind people who still maintain the culture and traditions of their ancestors. They live in Cumbe parish, in Cuenca. This area is surrounded by mountains. The landscape is beautiful and people are able to enjoy nature. The climate is cold but the people have warm hearts.

One of the members of this group is 29-year-old Silvia. Silvia is single and lives with her parents, with whom she shares the household expenses. Her father is a carpenter and her mother raises cattle. They do not own their own home but live in rental accommodation.

Silvia and her mother raise cattle. They have been doing this for 12 years because they have the land they need to carry out this business. They sell the milk that they obtain from their cows on milk floats. They raise and sell hens and guinea pigs and also farm. Their harvests are solely for their own household consumption.

Silvia will invest her loan money in buying feed for her cattle. Her goal is to own her own home.

In this group: María Targelia, Martha Verónica, Judith Eulalia, Silvia Eugenia, Andrea Priscila, María Rosa Elena
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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