A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, and feed.

Entrada A Chunazaca (Nabón) Group's story

The Entrada a Chunazana communal bank is made up of seven women and one man who have different businesses, particularly farming and raising livestock which they sell in their settlement or in town. All of these businesses give them the chance to improve their financial situation and move their families ahead. They live in the Nabon settlement, located to the southeast of the Azuay province. One of its geographic characteristics is the size of its territory, which makes access to and communication between different communities a bit difficult. The inhabitants’ main activity is agriculture. They still maintain their traditional clothing, culture, and traditions. They are happy and very gentle people.

Virginia is one of the members of the “Entrada Chunazana” communal bank and has been for five years. She is 39 years old, is in a common law marriage, and has seven children. One of her daughters is married and on her own. Two of their children attend school and two others are too young and are still at home. Her husband is an artist and works daily as a mason. They live in a home of their own.

Virginia raises pigs, Guinea pigs, and chickens and sells them in her own community. She farms her land and harvests only for the family’s consumption. She also makes “polleras” (a typical regional dress item)

She will use the money from this loan to buy fabric, thread, and feed for her animals. Her dream is to have her own business, such as a restaurant because she enjoys food. The small picture is that of one of the members who could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Virginia Orlanda, Lidia Jaqueline, Digna Yolanda, Enma Lucinda, Martha Isabel, José Alfredo, Martha Maribel, María Baleriana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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