A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy pigs and animal feed.

San José (Cuenca) Group's story

San José communal bank has ten members, nine women and one man. They meet once a month at one of the partners’ houses in the town of Ingapirca, Cuenca. The region has a cold climate and a rugged geography, which provides for a beautiful landscape. Many of region's people work in animal husbandry and agriculture. Others leave their communities every day to go and work in the city, doing all types of jobs to help them pay the household bills and increase their household income. The region's people, just like the members of the communal bank, are friendly, kind and warm-hearted, and they still follow the culture and customs of their towns.

Ana is one of the members of the communal bank, and she is 43 years old. She is separated from her husband but her marriage produced 6 children, a 22-year-old, a 20-year-old, an 18-year-old, a 15-year-old, a 12-year-old, and an 8-year-old. Her first three children work, help Ana financially and study at a distance-learning college. Two of her children are still finishing high-school, and her youngest child studies at a small school in the community. She owns the house where she lives.

Ana rears cattle, sheep and pigs which she then sells to the local community. On her land she also grows vegetables for household consumption, and sells the extra produce. She also works 4 days a week as a housekeeper, although she only works half-days. Ana is going to use her loan to buy more pigs and animal feed, and her aim is to increase livestock production.

The small photo in the corner of the main photo depicts one of the members who could not be there on the day the group photo was taken.

In this group: Hilda Florencia, Ana Mercedes, Delia Mercedes, Gloria Esperanza, María Dolores, Mariano Rosario*, Rosa Amelia, María Carmen, María Clara, Rosa Elena
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Hewitt

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