A loan of $6,375 helped a member to buy seeds, manure, and animal feed.

Pucacruz (Cuenca) Group's story

The Pucacruz group is made up of 12 hard-working women who mainly work in agriculture and generally learned this work from their parents. This work now allows them to provide for their families. The members are women who work hard every day in order to improve their quality of life and provide their children with a better future. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They live on the outskirts of the Valle parish in Cuenca, an area surrounded by a great deal of vegetation.
One of the group members is Blanca. She is taking out her first loan with her friends and fellow members of the Pucacruz group.
Blanca is 31, married, and has four children ages 2, 4, 11, and 13. Her eldest is in high school; her second-eldest is in school; and her youngest two children stay home under her care. Her husband has followed in his father's footsteps as a bricklayer. They live in their own home.
Blanca has done farmwork from a very young age. She learned this work from her mother. She raises animals such as guinea pigs, chickens, and livestock. She also farms for her family's consumption and for sale.
She will invest the money from this loan in the purchase of seeds, manure, and animal feed.
Her goal is to improve the quality of her animals in order to obtain a greater income.
The small inserted photo is of a member who was unable to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Rosario, María Dolores, María Transito, Blanca Celestina, María Angela, Rosa Patricia, Fanny Valvina, María Teresa, María Carmen, Lourdes Magdalena, Beatriz, Rocio Analia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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