A loan of $4,950 helped a member to buy fertilizer, seeds, and feed for her animals.

Tocte (Cuenca) Group's story

The Tocte communal bank is comprised of nine women and one man. These members live on the outskirts of the Jadan parish in Cuenca. This place is surrounded by a lot of vegetation and green fields. Its people are very hard-working. Specifically, they raise animals, farm, and make ropes. Many people work in the city by engaging in different business activities. Their pride is still keeping the culture and traditions of their villages alive.

María Ana is a member of this group. She is a founding member who is part of the Tocte group loan. In this group she has established a great friendship with all of her neighbors and colleagues in the community. The loans have allowed her to grow in her business.

María Ana, age 41, is married. They have three children, ages 15, 9, and 6. Her first daughter goes to high school, and the last two children go to an elementary school in the area. Her husband works as a bricklayer. They live in their own house.

María Ana devotes herself to the work that she learned from her parents, farming. She grows and harvest vegetables, which she sells in her community. She also raises pigs, guinea pigs, and chickens.

She will use the loan to buy fertilizer, seeds, and feed for her animals. Her goal is to expand her business.

The man with the gray jacket in the last row of the photo is the husband of the member who is not in the photo.

In this group: Elvira De Jesús, María Ana, Rosa Matilde, María Zoila, Flor Narcisa, María Aurora*, Ana Lucia, María Magdalena, Zoila María, Luis Angel
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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