A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy chickens and food for her animals.

1 De Mayo (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "1 de Mayo" [May 1st] is made up of seven women, who are all friends and neighbors. They live in the parish Victoria del Portete in Cuenca, a place that has great plains covered in pastures conducive to raising livestock. It also has many places to enjoy nature. Its people, just like these group members, are very hardworking and fight day to day to move themselves and their families ahead. They work in countryside activities and many work in the city in different professions. They are people that still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages.

One of the members of this group is María Elvia. She is thirty-three years old and is a single mother of two children, ages 17 and 11. Her first son works and helps her economically. Her second daughter is studying in a small school in town. She does not have her own house; she rents.

María Eliva works by selling vegetables door-to-door. She also makes a living in raising animals, like laying hens, guinea pigs, chickens, and cattle. She sells her animals in her parish area or in the city.

She will invest her new loan in chickens so that she can grow her business, and also in food for her animals.

Her dream is to have her own house.

In this group: Maida Maribel, María Elvia, Sonia Beatriz, María Isolina, Flora Asucena, Blanca Etelvina, María Hortencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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