A loan of $3,975 helped a member to buy chickens to raise and sell.

Futuro De Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

The membership of the “Future of Life” communal bank consists of 7 women and 1 man. They live around Cuenca, a city with a cold climate. Its rugged geography offers beautiful vistas and since December 1999, it has been officially a part of the “Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.” Teh inhabitants are kind and gentle, as are the members of this communal bank, who work daily to improve the economic situation of their families, while keeping alive the call of their culture and traditions which their parents inculcated in them.

One member of the group is Livia, who is requesting her 6th loan with her bank. She lives in the Monay sector of Cuenca city, is 39 years old, and separated from her husband. But the fruit of their conjugal union is 6 children, ages 20, 18, 17, 14, 10 and 7. Livia's 1st daughter and 3rd son study and also work to help cover household expenses. Her 2nd daughter is married and lives independently. Livia's 3rd son remains at home, assisting with household chores, while the 2 youngest children are studying at a little school in the city. The house they live in is the fruit of their labor.

Livia cleans houses, working without a fixed schedule, since her work ends when the houses are cleaned. Also, she raises chickens. Livia began this activity with her 1st loan through her communal bank. She sells the chickens either live or butchered.

Livia's loan will be invested in purchasing chickens to continue expanding the business.

Livia's goal is to finish her house, since some sections are not yet completed.

In this group: María De Lourdes, María Angelina, Diana Elizabeth, Livia Natividad, Laura Victoria, Angel Mauricio, Diana Alexandra, Eva Alejandrina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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