A loan of $3,475 helped a member to purchase chickens and feed for her birds.


Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank Cumbe is made up of seven women who are all friends and neighbors and who live in the parish of Cumbe within the city of Cuenca. This area is well known for its unique mix of traditional and modern architecture, as well as for its green, fertile fields and beautiful countryside. The people who live in the region are kind, peaceful and dedicated to their work and families. Everyone in the area works very hard to provide a bright future for their children and loved ones.

One of the group members, Ruth, is 29 years old and is a single mother to three children, ages 10, 8 and 4. Her two oldest children are in elementary school, and Ruth and her kids are currently renting a place to live, as they do not own their own home. Ruth works seven days a week on a variable schedule as a household maid in several homes. In her limited free time, she operates a side business raising chickens for resale. Ruth also tends small plots of land to grow crops and food to feed her family.

Ruth plans to use the support from this loan to purchase chickens and feed for her birds in hopes of strengthening her business. Her goal is to one day own her own home.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Julia Janneth, Ruth Magaly, María Teresa De Jesús, Gloria Isabel, María Lucrecia, Ana Rocio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich


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