A loan of $3,625 helped a member buy vegetables.


Cochapamba (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Cochapamba" Communal Bank is made up of 7 hard-working female members who live in the Valle en Cuenca Parish; a place that is surrounded by vegetation, green fields and big landscapes thanks to its rugged geography. The architecture of this Parish is a mix of old and modern. The inhabitants, as well as the members, are kind and gentle and look to improve their economic situation every day in order to get ahead with their families. They dedicate themselves to agriculture and breeding and some work in commerce. Even so, they conserve their culture and traditions.

One of the members is Blanca. She's been a member of the "Cochapamba" Communal Bank for 13 years and in all of that time has established a good friendship with all of the members. The loans they has received have helped her improve her business little by little.

Blanca is 37 years old, married and has 3 children from her marriage. Her children are 19 and 12 years old and her youngest is 8 months old. Her first child is married and lives independently. Her second child is in school. Her husband works in construction and is a professional
bricklayer. She owns the house she lives in.

Blanca takes care of the household and breeds pigs, chickens and guinea pigs. They animals are for the consumption of the household, but in hard economic times she sells them. She has also been an itinerant vendor selling vegetables for some time now.

She will invest her loan in buying vegetables.

Her goal is to have her own business premises to sell her vegetables.

In this group: Blanca Aidee, Gloria María, Julia Margarita, María Bratriz, María Carmen, Tania Elexandra, Susana Gabriela*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Beatriz Yuste


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