A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy compost and animal feed.

Jocesito De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Josecito de Cumbe is made up of 9 women who live around the Cumbe parish in Cuenca. This place boasts a lot of greenery, with a rugged geography. Its architecture is a mix of the natural and colonial. Its people are hard-working, just like the group members who are women that fight day-to-day by working to offer their children a better future. They are people that still keep their culture and traditions alive.

One of the group members is Lorgia. She is requesting her first loan in the communal bank Jocesito de Cumbe, which she was invited to by a a friend and neighbor. She hopes to be able to improve her work activities.

Lorgia is 27, the single mother of two children, ages 4 and 2, who live at home. She does not have her own home, which is why she lives in a family member's house with her parents, with whom she shares the home expenses.

Lorgia takes care of her children, who are still small, at home. Since she lives in the countryside, she makes a living raising guinea pigs, hens and cattle, whose milk she sells. She also does farm work, which is for household consumption, but if there are leftovers she sells them.

The money from her loan is to be invested in the purchase of feed for her animals and compost to improve her pastures. Her goal is to have a store in her home.

In this group: Zoila Rosa, Gloria Janeth, Lourdes Mariela, Sandra Verónica, Rosa Francisca*, Lorgia María, Zoila María, Rosa Elvia, Blanca Elsa
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau

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