A loan of $2,550 helped a member purchase pigs and food for the animals.

San Miguel (Cuenca) Group's story

San Miguel is a communal bank that is composed of six women who are friends and acquaintances. One part of the group is a family that reaches out in friendship and sisterhood at each of the meetings. They live in the community that bears the same name as the communal bank, which is in the parish of Valle in Cuenca. The parish has a lot of commercial activity. Many people work in agriculture and grain farming. The people are friendly and courteous, and they keep up the culture and traditions that their parents passed on to them.

One of the members of this group is Rosa. She has been part of the communal bank for 12 years. She is 41 years old and married. In her marriage, she has conceived four children, one of whom is married and lives independently. Two of her children work and help out financially. Her youngest daughter is studying at a college in the city. Her husband works in construction and teaches bricklaying. The house that the family lives in is their own.

Mrs. Rosa washes clothes three days a week. She does not have a set schedule; she goes home when she is finished. At home, she works around the house and raises pigs, chickens, sheep, and rabbits, which she sells in the community.

She is going to invest her new loan in the purchase of pigs and food for the animals.

Her goal is to finish (building) her house.

In the photo, there is one ex-member (of the group) who is wearing a red hat.

In this group: Clara Elvira, Rosa, María Esther, Digna Esperanza, Mariana De Jesús, Mercy Viviana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Olivia Shirley

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