A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy chickens.

Señoras De La Buena Esperanza (Biblian) Group's story

Señoras de la Buena Esperanza ('Ladies of the Good Hope') is a communal bank taking out its first loan. The members of the group are six women and one man. They all live in the commune of Biblian in the province of El Cañar, the home of Toquilla straw weaving and green foliage. Surrounded by the meandering waters of the Burgay river, it has a cold climate but boasts a varied cuisine. The people are nice, honest, and have a warm heart. The members of the group are no exception, who still uphold the culture and traditions of their forefathers. They works every day at their various businesses, which enables them to contribute to their respective households' expenses in order to improve their families' quality of life. They work mainly in agriculture, animal husbandry, and trade. One of the members is María Inés, a very young woman of twenty, single mother to a girl of five. María Inés lives at her mother's and together they share expenses. The house belongs to her mother. María Inés works Mondays to Sundays from seven in the morning to four in the afternoon at a flower farm, where she receives a monthly salary. At home, she raises cattle and chickens in order to improve her income. She will use this loan to buy chickens in order to increase the number of her animals. Her goal is to one day own a house of her own.

In this group: Silvia Elizabeth, Martha Cecilia, María Verónica, María Aurelia, María Inés, Miguel Alejandro*, María Micaela
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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