A loan of $550 helped to buy fabric, thread, and animal feed.

Zoila Balvina's story

Zoila is a member of San Vicente communal bank. She lives in the parish of Victoria del Portete in Cuenca. This area boasts vast plains that are favourable for cattle ranching. Here one can enjoy the tranquillity of nature.

The members of the communal bank are determined women who, through their actions on a day-to-day basis, look out for the well-being of their households. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

Forty-three year-old Zoila is married and has 4 children, aged 22, 19, 17, and 15. Her two eldest children work and give her financial support. Her two other children study in a school in the district. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. The house where they live is their own.

Zoila earns a living performing a variety of activities that give her the opportunity to improve her economic stability. For the past 20 years she has done embroidering. She also works raising hens, pigs, guinea pigs and geese. She also grows several products that are exclusively for her family's consumption.

She will use the money from the loan to buy fabric and thread for her embroidering and food for her animals.

Her goal is to buy a vehicle.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras

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