A loan of $6,800 helped a member to buy a young cow and construction materials.

Corazón De Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Corazón de Jesús (Heart of Jesus) is made up of 13 members, 12 women and one man. They work every day in different jobs that are the source of income for their homes. They are of noble heart, charismatic, and they still maintain the culture and traditions of their parents. They live in Valle Parish in Cuenca. This place grows economically day after day thanks to the work of its people. The main economic activity is agriculture, raising animals, and trade, as well as the remittances that some receive from their families abroad.

One member of this group is Sandra. She is 23, married, and has two children. Her first child is six years old and is studying at a school in the city. Her second child stays at home, since he is two. Her husband works as a private employee. They do not have their own home, so they live with her in-laws, sharing household expenses. Sandra cares for the home and has fixed employment. She works in a place where they make drop ceilings. She works Monday through Friday from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon. She wants to work raising animals in her free time. She will use her loan to buy a young cow and construction materials for continue building her house. Her goal is to finish her house.

The small photo is of two members who couldn't be there when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Ana María, María Evangelina, María Rosario, Martha Verónica, Margarita Dorinda, Jessica Lorena, Rosa Avelina, María Gerardina, Josefina, Manuel Marcelo, Sandra Maricela, Ana Cristina, Carmen Lucia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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