A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy organic fertilizer, guinea pigs, chickens and pigs.

Tocte (Cuenca) Group's story

Tocte is a communal bank that is made up of 7 women and 1 man who live in the outskirts of Cuenca's Jadan parish. This is a place that is surrounded by lush flora and fauna, providing beautiful landscapes. The people here work in farming and animal husbandry, and many work in the city in a variety of occupations. The people here still maintain the culture and traditions of their towns.

One of the members of this group is Maria Zoila. She has been a member of the Tocte communal bank for 4 years. Over this time, she has gotten to know her neighbors and friends better, strengthening the bonds of their friendship.

Maria Zoila is 55 years old, married, and has 7 children who are all grown. Six of her children are married and live independently. Her single son works and also lives independently. Her husband works each day in agriculture, and they live in their own home.

Maria Zoila works arduously each day on farming activities and cultivating her land. Her harvests are mainly destined for her family's consumption; if there is a surplus, then she will sell it. She also raises guinea pigs, hens, pigs and cows, and she has a business making rope.

With this new loan, she will invest in the purchase of organic fertilizer, guinea pigs, hens and pigs.

Maria Zoila's goal is to improve her pastureland and have more animals.

In this group: Elvira Del Jesús, María Ana, Rosa Matilde, Luis Angel, María Zoila, Flor Narcisa, María Aurora, Zoila María

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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