A loan of $2,350 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, chickens, and animal feed.


Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank, "Cumbe," is made up of seven members who live in the outskirts of the Cumbe parrish in Cuenca. This parrish is surrounded by vegetation and unequaled landscapes. The center of the area is a mix of modern and old houses with tile roofs. Its people are warmhearted, friendly, and gentle. Its biggest pride is keeping the culture and traditions of its people. They work in agriculture, raising animals, and business. Some work daily in the city, and others have migrated in search of better opportunities. The members of the communal bank are hard-working women who work daily in search of a better future for their families.

One of the members of the group is señora Julia, who is 21 and married. She has one son who is one and a half years old. She is very happy because she is eight months pregnant and hasn't had any complications. Her husband works as a building worker in the city of Cuenca. She doesn't have her own home but lives in a house that belonged to her grandmother.

Because of her current state, she works doing chores around the house since her son is very young. To help with their home's finances, she raises animals like guinea pigs and chickens that she sells in the community. She also works in agriculture, but her harvests are only for their family to consume.

She will use this new loan to buy guinea pigs, chickens, and animal feed. Her dream is to finish her university studies in accounting.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Julia Janneth, Ruth Magaly, Rosa Elvira, María Teresa De Jesús*, María Lucrecia, Ana Rocio
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tanya Harper


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