A loan of $5,225 helped a member to buy chickens.

El Paraiso (Cuenca) Group's story

El Paraíso Group is made up of 16 women who live around Cumbe Parish in Cuenca, a place that has a lot of vegetation and vast landscapes thanks to its rugged geography. The climate is cold and the fertile land is favorable for agriculture. The people there are friendly, courteous, and traditional, and they carefully protect the traditions passed down by their parents. The biggest sources of income are raising animals and agriculture, and many people work in various jobs in the city.

One of the group members is Delia, 48. She's married and has four adult children from this relationship. Two of them are already married and live on their own; her two single children work and help her economically. Her husband works as a bricklayer. The house she lives in is her own.

Delia earns a living doing difficult work in the fields, which has allowed her to contribute to the household finances and get her whole family ahead. She plants on her land, and what she harvests is for her home and for sale. She also raises pigs, guinea pigs, and chickens, which she sells live or plucked.

Her loan is to buy chickens so she grows in her business.

Her goal is to increase her chicken nursery.

In this group: Ana Maruja, Miriam Patricia, Lilia Soledad, María Gudelia, Martha Ximena, Pilar Amparito, Ma Dolores, Diana Marisol, Rosa Isabel, María Juana, Claudia Margarita, Marlene Alexandra, Teresa Isabel, Delia Victoria, María Julia, Rosa Elvira

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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