A loan helped a member to buy chicks, seeds, and manure.

Pacha (Nabón) Group's story

The communal bank Pacha is made up of 8 women members and one man. They live in the Nabon canton, which is located in the southeast of the Azuay province. One of it's geographic characteristics is the dispersion of its territory, which inhibits easy access among the various communities and makes communication difficult. The group members are characterized as hardworking, entrepreneurial, and as fighters. The majority of them work in farming or raising animals which they then sell in the city of in the own community. They are very proud that they have still kept their culture, traditions, and traditional dress alive.

One of the members of this group is Señora Aída. She is an entrepreneurial members who wants to get her family ahead. This is the second loan she has had in the Pacha communal bank. She is 20 years old, married and within her marital relationship she has conceived one child who is now 2 years old. Her husband works daily as a day laborer. They still do not own their own home, which is why they rent.

Aida spends most of her time at home caring for her child who is still little. However, since she has land to cultivate, she plants crops and vegetables, which she sells. She also has animals such as guinea pigs, chickens and chicks.

She will use her new loan to buy chicks, seeds, and manure to continue increasing her source of income. Her goal is to expand the raising of guinea pigs.

In this group: Mery Clementina, Ayda Esperanza, Ligia Sabayda, Digna María, Lidia Mariana, Carmita Eulalia, María Gladys, Fabian Vinicio, Martha Lucia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer anonymized.

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