A loan of $3,375 helped a member to buy manure and animal feed.


Bellavista (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Bellavista" loan group is made up of seven women and one man who make a living primarily in livestock, the sale of milk and other agricultural products. These activities have been taught to them by their parents. They continue to maintain their culture and local traditions. They live in the Victoria del Portete parish in Cuenca, which has a cold climate with great plains, green fields and beautiful landscapes. One of the members of the group is Hilda. This is her second loan that she is taking out with her friends and partners. She likes the loans because they allow her to economically support her household.

Hilda is 43 years old, married and has four children with her husband who are 23, 21, 19, and 6 years old. Her two oldest children are married and live on their own. The third child is single and works to cover his personal expenses and the youngest is studying in a small neighborhood school. Her husband is an auto body worker and works from a workshop on their property. The house in which they live is the fruit of both of their hard work. Hilda makes a living raising animals. She has milk producing cows, chickens, and guinea pigs. She also grows crops on her land to harvest for their household consumption, with any surplus being sold. The money from this loan will be invested to purchase manure to improve her pastures, and feed for her animals. Her goal is to study cosmetology.

In this group: Lizeth Andreina, Ligia Adriana, Rosa Edelina, María Dolores, Hortencia María, María Hilda, Lisbeth Maricela, Luis Alfredo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gina Cappuccitti


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