A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy clay.


Racar Bajo (Cuenca) Group's story

The Racar Bajo communal bank is comprised of 5 women and 3 men members. Most of them are family. They devote themselves to making bricks and tiles. This business activity is the tradition of their parents. They also raise animals, and many work at different business activities in the city. The Racar en Cuenca community is surrounded by abundant vegetation. Its people still keep their culture and traditions alive. Delia is one of the members of this group. Delia has been a member of the Racar Bajo communal bank for two years. She is married and has four children, ages 10, 9, 7, and 5. The children go to a school in the area. Her husband works making tiles. They do not have their own house, so the live in her mother’s house and share expenses. Delia spends her time at home taking care of her children. She also helps her husband with expenses. She raises guinea pigs and chickens that she sells in her community. She also helps her husband making the bricks, which is an art she learned from her parents. She will use her loan to buy clay in order to continue with the brick making business. Her goal is to build her house and that her children come to be professionals.

In this group: Zoila Paulina, Delia Elizabeth, Julio Santiago, Milton Patricio, Mayra Liliana, Segundo Gerardo, Aida María, Guadalupe Del Rocio
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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