A loan of $5,725 helped a member to buy pigs and animal feed.


La Esquina (Cuenca) Group's story

The "La Esquina" Group communal bank is made up of ten women and one man. All of them are friendly, nice people who have their own goals and aims. But their common objective is to make their businesses more stable and to get ahead with their families. They live in the Sinincay area of Cuenca, a city also known as Santa Ana of the Four Rivers. It was declared a World Cultural Heritage site in December 1999, thanks to it's beautiful architecture. It has many places to enjoy nature. It's people are gentle and hard-working, who still preserve the culture and traditions of their villages.

Sonia has been a member of the "La Esquina" group for two years now. She is 31 years old, married and has four children from this union, 13, 12, 10 and 6 years old. The oldest does not study as he did not enter secondary school, the other three continue to study in the local school. Her husband works as a bricklayer. They live in their own house.

Sonia spends most of her time taking care of the house and family. But as the strong woman she is, she raises chickens and has cattle and sells the milk. She also farms and that produce is sold or consumed in their household. In her spare time she weaves Panama hats made out of straw, something she learned from her parents.

The money from the loan will be used to buy pigs and animal feed.

Her goal is to make her house bigger.

In this group: Laura Alejandrina, Dolores Margarita, Sonia Alexandra, Rosario , Lorena Del Rocio, Rosa Etelvina*, Lourdes Gabriela, Victoria Margarita, Luis Geovanny, Dolores Concepcion, Hilda Yolanda*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo


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