A loan of $5,550 helped a member to buy pigs and feed for livestock.

Corazón De Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

Corazon de Jesus is a community bank formed by 12 members that live in different places of the district of Valle en Cuenca, the district has an architectural style mix between the antique and the modern, it is surrounded by landscapes that make it special thanks to its rugged geography, in this town you can see the colorful clothing of its people, particularly elders have kept their traditional dress which is a “pollera” (dress), shirt and hat. The people are hardworking like the members that work everyday in different economic activities such as raising livestock, agriculture and commerce. Many of them have emigrated looking for better work opportunities but still maintain the culture and traditions of its people and priding themselves in keeping these traditions.
One of the members of the group is Maria Rosario who's been part of the community bank for 6 years, she is 40, married and has four children ages 23, 19, 16 and 12, her two oldest work and help her financially, her two youngest study at a local school. Her husband works on several activities such as construction and carpentry, they don't own a house thus they rent.
Maria Rosario spends most of her time doing housework and raising livestock such as pigs, chicken and “cuyes” (guinea pigs) that she sells in the community. She only works three days per week as a domestic employee with no set schedule and she also seeds her land and consumes what's harvested.
Her loan will be invested in buying pigs and feed for livestock. Her goal is to have a larger amount of chickens and grow this business.

In this group: Ana María, María Evangelina, María Rosario, Sonia Priscila, Margarita Dorinda, Rosa Avelina, María Gerardina, Martha Verónica, Ana Patricia, Josefina, Manuel Marcelo, Carmen Lucia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofia Burt

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