A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs, seeds and manure.

Guandugloma (Nabón) Group's story

Nabón is a parish located in the southeast of Azuay Province. One of its geographical characteristics is its broken up territory which prevents easy access to some communities and makes communications between them difficult. The main activity of its residents is agriculture and animal husbandry. Many of them leave daily to jobs in the city. “Guandugloma” is a communal bank with 7 members who are cheerful, enterprising women who despite modernization keep alive their culture, native costumes and traditions. They work very hard every day to improve their economic stability and to move their families forward.

One of the members of this group is María Emerita. This is her third cycle in Guandugloma communal bank. She’s 34-years-old, married and has had five children who are 16, 10, 8, 5 and 2 years old. Her oldest son attends secondary school and three of them attend a local elementary school. Her husband works every day as a laborer and the house they live in is theirs.

María Emerita works very hard every day planting and harvesting on her land. What she harvests is used for her home’s daily consumption and also is sold. She raises animals like sheep, chickens and guinea pigs that she sells in her community. She will use the money to buy chickens, guinea pigs, seeds and manure. Her goal is to have a larger animal nursery.

In this group: María Doraliza, Esther Esperanza, Rosa Elena, María Emerita, Rosa Elena, Julia Lucrecia, María Aurora

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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