A loan of $1,950 helped a member to purchase chickens and animal feed.

La Imaculada (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank “La Inmaculada” is made up of six women and one man who live in a community in Cuenca, a place that enjoys a great deal of natural vegetation and green fields of crops. Its rugged geography offers beautiful landscapes, it’s people are kind, gentle and warmhearted and who with their daily work manage to get ahead with their families. Their pride is that they still maintain the culture and tradition of their parents.

One of the members of this group is Carmen. She is 28 years old and is a single mother of an 11-year-old daughter that attends a small school in their town. She doesn’t have her own house so she lives in the house of her parents with whom she shares the household expenses.

Doña Carmen makes a living raising pigs, guinea pigs and chickens. She is also engaged in agriculture, planting vegetables, and she sells her products in a market in the city.

She is going to invest her new loan in the purchase of chickens and feed for all of the animals. Her goals are to increase her crops and to have her own house.

The small photo is of a member who couldn’t be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Esther Yolanda, Martha Adriana, María Etelvina, Rosa Cristina, Carmen Esperanza, Ana Lucia, Darwin Ruben*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melanie Snellings

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