A loan of $3,350 helped a member to purchase seeds, fertilizer and fabrics.

Cashaloma (Nabón) Group's story

Cashaloma is a communal bank that is made up of 7 women and 3 men who are neighbors and friends. They live in the same community and now have come together to obtain a loan in order to increase their agricultural production. They also raise animals and many work in the city in various economic activities. They still maintain the culture and traditions instilled in them by their parents. They live by the canton of Nabón, a place that is surrounded by mountains with a rugged terrain and beautiful scenery that are peaceful and relaxing alternative to the city routine. Its architecture transports us to the past.

One of the members of the group is Ms. Blanca. She lives near the Ramada community which belongs to the Nabón canton. She is a 34 year old single mother of 4 children aged 17, 9, 7 and 5. Her first child is in high school and her three other children study in the local school. The house in which they live is the fruit of her labor.

Ms. Blanca is a fighter who despite adversity always looks for a way to get ahead in order to give her children a better future. She breeds animals such as: sheep, guinea pigs, pigs, chickens and cattle. She is also engaged in agriculture, planting corn, beans, peas and potatoes. She sells these products in her community and in the city, and she also consumes them at home. In her free time, she makes polleras (a typical skirt), shawls and sweaters, an activity which she learned by skill.

She will invest her loan to purchase seeds, fertilizer and fabrics to continue with her business activities.

Her goal is to cultivate more land.

In this group: Narcisa De Jesús, María Carmita, Carmen Esperanza, María Encarnación, Blanca Lucia, Rosa Gladys, Kleber Euclides, Pedro Remigio, Emeterio, Mariana De Jesús

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Roberto Henry

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