A loan of $3,975 helped a member to buy pigs, guinea pigs, and feed for all of her animals.

Conchan (Cuenca) Group's story

The Conchan communal bank is comprised of seven women and one man. They live around the Valle parish in Cuenca. The place has jagged geography and a cold climate. Its fertile land gives its inhabitants the opportunity to farm and raise animals. Many of them work in the city doing various jobs. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages.

Rosa Elvira is a founding member of the Conchan communal bank. She likes sharing with her friends and colleagues. They have the same objective, which is to get ahead with their families. Rosa Elvira, age 55, is divorced. However, she and her husband had seven children. Five of them are married and live independently. Her two single children work and help her financially. She lives in her own house.

Rosa Elvira is a farmer. She uses what she harvests for her household and for sale. She also raises guinea pigs, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and cattle. When she was very young her parents taught her how to weave straw hats.

She will use her new loan to buy pigs, guinea pigs, and feed for all of her animals. Her goal is to have more animals that are better quality.

There is a lady in with a light blue jacket in the photo, and she is not a member of the group.

In this group: Carmen Margarita, Rosa Ubaldina, Gladis Patricia, Rosa Elvira, Narcisa Rocio, Hilda Catalina, Juan Eliseo, Carmen Isabel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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