A loan of $4,275 helped a member to buy livestock and animal feed.

San Luis De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The San Luís de Cumbe community bank is made up of 9 women and 2 men who work every day in different activities which enable them to improve their family income and move ahead with their families. They are individuals who live from day to day with enthusiasm and a smile on their face. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They live in Cumbe, which is a parish of the city of Cuenca, surrounded by plants and green countryside for agriculture, its architecture is a mix of the old and the new.

Señora Segunda Mercedes is one of the members of this group. She has belonged to the San Luís de Cumbe community bank for a year and a half. Over this time, she has shared many pleasant moments with all of her colleagues at the community bank, and a special friendship has formed between them. She lives on the outskirts of the parish of Cumbe.

Señora Segunda Mercedes is 38 years old, she is a single mother of 3 children aged 20, 15 and 13. Her eldest daughter lives at home because she is disabled, and her other two children study in a local school. The house in which she lives is a house that she built with her effort and sacrifice.

Segunda Mercerdes spends most of her time at home but in order to make money and pay her household bills she makes a living raising pigs, guinea pigs and cattle, whose milk she sells. She also grows crops, which they eat at home. Any left-over crops are sold.

She will invest her new loan in buying livestock and animal feed.

Her aim is to have more high-quality livestock.

In this group: María Raquel, Julia Rebeca, María Josefa, Rosa María, Mario Gonzalo, Luis Alberto*, Rosa Etelvina, Rosa Amalia, María Segunda, Segunda Mercedes, Gladys Susana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chloe Pilpel

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