A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy fertilizer, seeds and animal feed.

Vida Plena (Paute) Group's story

The 'Vida Plena' community bank is made up of 9 women and 2 men who are family and neighbors living in Uzhupud community, in Paute canton. They are a very united group who work every day to forge a better future for their children and families. They are known for maintaining their traditions, culture and good humor. Most people in Paute canton grow flowers and farm as the area has a temperate climate which is suitable for growing a wide variety of fruits and flowers. They also raise animals and work in commerce, in particular selling barbecued chicken which is a traditional dish.

One of the members of this group is Carmen, who is requesting her third loan through the community bank. Carmen is 40 years old, married, and has four children who are 18, 10, 8 and 3 years old. Her eldest son works and contributes financially toward the household. Two of her children are attending school in the town and her husband works in construction as a builder.

Carmen works on a large estate as a gardener. She has been in this job for five years. She works Sunday to Sunday as they provide her with a house in which to live. They also give her the opportunity to raise animals, such as lambs, guinea pigs and chickens, which she sells in her community. In addition, Carmen farms. The crops that she harvests are primarily for her family's consumption and if there are any left over she sells them.

Carmen will invest her loan in buying fertilizer, seeds and animal feed. Her goal is to some day own a restaurant as she really enjoys cooking and would like to please other people with her good cooking.

In this group: Gloria Esperanza, María Verónica, Rosa Isabel, Carmen Esperanza, María Verónica, María Lourdes, Henry Mauricio, Carlos Santiago, María Cecilia, Gabriela De Los Angeles, Santos Hermelinda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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