A loan of $5,350 helped a member to buy chickens, chicken feed and seeds.

Divino Niño Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Divino Niño Jesús is made up of 11 women who live in the Paccha parish in Cuencas, an area that enjoys a lot of vegetation. The population works in animal husbandry, farming and in the city doing different jobs.

The members are very happy women who fight and work every day to improve the economic situation of their homes and to give their children a better future.

One of the members of this group is María Juana. She is asking for her second loan next to her friends and members of the communal bank Divino Niño Jesús. She likes this type of loan a lot since it improves her economy.

She gets together with her friends to talk and to get away from the daily work routine.

María Juana is 39, married and has 4 children aged 15, 12, 10 and 8. Her first two children are studying in school and her youngest two study at a small local school.

Her husband works as a day laborer. They do not have their own home which is why they live with her in-laws in their own area of the house.

María Juana spends most of her time at home but helps the household economy by raising chickens which she keeps in sheds. She also plants vegetables which she sells in her community or in the city.

She will use the new loan to buy chickens, chicken feed and seeds.

Her goal is to build a bigger shed for her animals.

In this group: Silvia Monserrateth, Andrea Cristina, Nancy Marlene, Matilde Emperatriz, María Cruz, Blanca Leonor, María Esperanza, María Victoria*, María Juana, Ana Leticia, Dellys Andrea
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sofie Bjorksten

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