A loan of $5,300 helped a member to buy pigs, guinea pigs, and animal feed.

El Paraiso (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank “El Paraíso” (Paradise) consists of 15 members, 13 women and 2 men. The group has been in existence for nine years. Some of the members have been with the group the entire time, while others have joined over the years. They live in the parish of Cumbe in the city of Cuenca, a place that has both ancient and modern architecture. The streets are colorful and the people are proud that they have maintained the culture and traditions of their ancestors. These members possess great charisma and have maintained a good sense of humor despite the adversities they have face in life. Every day they strive to find ways to move their families forward.

One of the members of this group is Sra. Miriam. She is 30 years old, married, and has four children (ages 9, 8, 5, and 3). Her three older children attend school in the city. Miriam’s husband is an operator at a saw mill. They own the house in which they live and it was acquired after they got married.

Doña Miriam spends most of her time at home taking care of her children since they are young. However, this enterprising woman also raises animals such as guinea pigs, chickens, pigs, and sheep and sells them in her community. Miriam also engages in farming, but what she harvests is only used for household consumption. She sells if there is a surplus. Her new loan will be invested in the purchase of pigs, guinea pigs, and feed for these animals.

Her goal is to have a vehicle of her own.

In this group: Ana Maruja, Sandra Isabel, Rosa Cecilia, María Gudelia, Lilia Soledad, Ma Dolores, Cesar Herminio, Pilar Amparito, Miriam Patricia, Luis Angel, Rosa Isabel, María Magdalena, Teresa Isabel, Martha Ximena, María Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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