A loan of $5,000 helped a member to buy guinea pigs and chickens.


San José (Cuenca) Group's story

The San José Communal Bank consists of 10 female members and 1 male member. They work either in the city or in the fields so that they can improve their economic stability and help their families move forward. The members have been able to maintain their culture, their traditions, and their traditional cuisine. They live in the parish of Santa Ana in Cuenca, a place that is surrounded by the natural beauty of green cultivated fields. The area experiences cold weather and has dreamy landscapes.


One of the members of this group is Sra. María Clara. She joined the San José Communal Bank four years ago. María Clara likes the fact that the group loans have benefited her business and have strengthened her friendship with all of her neighbors. She is 46 years old, separated from her husband, and has five children. Her three oldest children are grown and work so that they can contribute financially. Her two youngest children attend school in the city. María Clara does not own a home, but she lives in a house that is being loaned to her by a relative. She works eight hours a day as a domestic employee, but she also raises guinea pigs and chickens. María Clara also cultivates farmland, but her harvest is only for household consumption.


Her new loan will be invested in the purchase of guinea pigs and chickens. María Clara dreams of having a house of her own.

In this group: Hilda Florencia, Ana Mercedes, Delia Mercedes, Gloria Esperanza, María Dolores, Rosa Cristina, Mariano Rosario, Rosa Amelia, María Carmen, María Clara, Rosa Elena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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