A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs, and construction materials.

Camino Al Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

The loan group "Camino al Progreso" (Road to Progress) was formed by seven women who live on the outskirts of the Turi parish in Cuenca. From this place there is a beautiful view of the city of Cuenca. For this reason it is known as the viewpoint of the city. Its geography is rugged, with beautiful landscapes and green fields. Its people are friendly, gracious, and very charismatic, and every day they look for ways to improve the economic stability of their households in order to offer a better future to their children. Their principal economic activity is agriculture and raising animals, and some work in the city in various workplaces.

One of the members of this group is Señora Maria Rosa, who is now in her third loan cycle, along with her friends and fellow group members from Camino al Progreso, a group that she likes a lot, since she shares good moments with her neighbors, leaves the routine of her work, and at the same time learns from the educational talks that they receive.

Señora Maria Rosa is 43 years old. She is married, and she and her husband have five children, ages 23, 21, 18, 15, and 12. Her oldest, a daughter, works and helps her economically. Her second child, a son, is married and lives independently. Her next two children work but only for their personal expenses, and her last son lives at home. Her husband works as a bricklayer. The house where they live is their own.

Doña Maria Rosa works in agriculture. What she harvests is for the household consumption, and she sells what is left. She also raises chickens, pigs, and guinea pigs.

She is going to invest her loan in the purchase of chickens, guinea pigs, and construction materials to make a bigger chicken coop.

Her goal is to grow in her animal-raising business.

The little photo is of two members who were not able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Rosa, María Carmen, Nancy Margarita, Gladys Yolanda, Trancito, María Imelda, Alejandra Del Carmen*
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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