A loan of $6,225 helped a member to purchase chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and animal feed.

Mujeres De Chilcatotoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Mujeres de Chilcatotoras" communal bank is comprised of 10 women who live in the outskirts of the Tarqui parish in Cuenca, a place with wide plains and green fields, and an architecture that is both ancient and modern. Its inhabitants still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They do agricultural work such as raising animals and farming. This group's common goal is to improve the financial stability of their households so they can offer a better future for their families.

One of the members of this group is Nelly. She has been a part of the "Mujeres de Chilcatotoras" communal bank for the past two years. During all of this time she has succeeded in establishing a good friendship with all her fellow group members.

Nelly is 30 years old and married. From her marriage she has conceived three children aged 10, 7 and 4 years. They attend a small local school. She doesn't have a house of her own, which is why she lives in a relative's house.

Nelly works from Monday through Friday cleaning two houses. She has been in this line of work for the past five years. At home she raises guinea pigs, chickens, pigs and cattle. She also does farming work, and the crops she harvests are for her family's consumption.

She'll use the money from the loan to purchase chickens, guinea pigs, pigs and feed for her animals.

Her goal is to have a larger guinea pig farm.

In this group: Susana Angelica, Celia Margarita, Sandra Lorena, Carmen Amelia, Teresa Elvira, María Erlinda, Libia Lourdes, Nelly Estela, María Angelita, Rosita Lucia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

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