A loan of $6,400 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs.

Barrio Sucre (Cuenca) Group's story

The Barrio Sucre village bank is made up of 14 women who work every day to improve the economic stability of their households and offer their families a better life. These women, despite all adversities, seek a way to move forward life and provide their children a better future. They work raising animals, growing crops, and as merchants, although they maintain their villages' culture and traditions.

They live in the village of Cumbe, in Cuenca, a place with beautiful landscapes and an architecture that is a mix of traditional and modern.

One of the group's members is Rosa, who has been an active member of Barrio Sucre for three years and established close friendships with the other group members and her neighbors, sharing good times and bad with them.

Rosa is 57 years old, and she and her partner have six adult children. Two of their children are already married, while the other four work and help their parents economically. Her partner works in construction as a mason, and they built the house they live in together.

Rosa has been doing the difficult labors of farmwork since she was very young. She learned the work from her parents and now makes her living that way. She grows produce that she sells in her community, and for several years she has also been selling animals, buying chickens, pigs, and guinea pigs and selling them in the local market.

She will use this new loan to buy guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs for her business.

Her goal is to keep expanding her business.

In this group: Leonor Patricia, María Nancy, María José, Gladys María, Norma Evangelina, María Margarita, Anita Lucia, Julia Robertina, Rosa Filomena, Carmen Yolanda, Jenny Fernanda, Melida Carlota, Sayda Mercedes, Celia Guillermina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Rosenberg

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