A loan of $2,250 helped a member to purchase chicken, cuyes, food for animals and school supplies.

Gañaloma Group's story

Gañaloma Communal Bank is made up of 7 female and 1 male members who live in the town of Nabon, a cool-weather region surrounded by high mountains and beautiful landscapes where people mostly work in agriculture and cattle raising while others travel to the city to work for a wage, thus being able to support their families. The inhabitants of this town are kind and gentle and have as their biggest treasure to preserve their culture and customs.

One of this group's members is Aida, who's taking her first loan with her friends and fellow members of the beautiful Gañaloma Communal Bank, which she also presides. Aída is 26, married and has 4 children ages 10, 8, 6 and 3. The first three attend a local school. Her husband is a construction worker and they live in their own house.

Aída spends her days taking care of her household but she wants to do more and help her husband with the household expenses. She works in agriculture, growing several crops and selling them within the community. She reserves some for her family, too. Additionally, she raises and sells chickens, lambs, cuyes, porks and hens. On top of it, she attends school during the weekends because she wants to be an inspiration for her children.

She will invest the money of this loan in the purchase of chicken, cuyes, food for animals and school supplies for her and her children. Her goal is to graduate from school and increase her animal raising business.

In this group: Patricia Carolina, María Mercedes, Elena Marlene, Valeria Narcisa, Julia Margarita, Blanca Esperanza, Byron Santiago, Aida Lucrecia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carolina Zuniga

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