A loan of $4,025 helped a member to buy chicken, feed for animals and seeds.

Libertad En Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

Libertad en Progreso is a communal bank that is formed by 12 women who work on farms or in the city carrying out different activities. They are kind, courteous and still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. They live in the parish of Victoria del Portete in Cuenca, which has a cold climate and ample plains, which are favorable for raising livestock. The geography gives them the gift of natural landscapes that they can enjoy.

One of the members of this group is María Esperanza. She has formed part of the communal bank Libertad en Progreso since 7 years ago. She is 36 years old, is married and in her marriage she has had 4 children of ages 19, 15, 6 and 4. Her first two children study in high school and the last two are in the region's primary school. Her husband is a painter and the house they live in is their own.

María Esperanza cares for her children and works on the farm. She raises and sells sheep, chickens and guinea pigs. She also works the land and what she farms is for the consumption of her family, and if there is extra she sells it. To have a higher income she cares for the livestock of others. All of these activities allow her to help her husband in the hard work of maintaining the home.

Her new loan will be invested in buying chickens, feed for her animals and seeds for her plants.

Her biggest goal is to improve her home.

In this group: Carmen Lucia, María Esperanza, Lorena Del Carmen, María Carmen, Luz Melida, Balvina, María Natividad, María Alicia, Claudia Femina, Dolores Mercedes*, María Rebeca, María Rosario
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kerry George

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