A loan of $2,825 helped a member to buy pigs, chickens, guinea pigs, and animal feed.

Los Laureles (Cuenca) Group's story

Los Laureles is a communal bank comprised of seven members (six women and a man), who all live in the village of Cumbe, in Cuenca, a place enshrined in vegetation, blessed with beautiful landscapes born of its mountainous surroundings, and whose centre is a happy mix of old and new architecture. The people there are charming and have a warm heart. They seek day after day to improve their standard of living by working hard and sparing no efforts. They grow crops or raise various kinds of animals, and, for the most part, also work in the city in various business sectors. They still uphold the culture and traditions of their forefathers.

Norma is one of the members of the group. Amiable, kind-hearted, hard-working, and full of fighting spirit, she has been a part of Los Laureles for three years.

She is twenty-eight and separated from her husband, with whom she has two children, aged 2 and 11. Her first daughter goes to a small school in their town. Norma lives in a house of her own.

Norma works as a cleaning lady Monday to Friday. She started when she was very young. At home, she raises pigs, chickens, and guinea pigs to sell.

Her new loan will go towards buying animals as well as feed.

Her goal is to add rooms to her house.

In this group: María Manuela, Blanca Isdabel, Bilma Alejandrina, Gloria Natali, Norma Jhaquelin, Blanca Guillermina*, Luis Norberto
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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