A loan of $6,050 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, chickens and animal feed.

Corazón De Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Corazón de Jesús” (Heart of Jesus) credit group consists of 11 women and one man who live around El Valle Parish in Cuenca, a place blessed with natural and architectonic beauty. This parish retains many myths and legends from their culture that are jealously guarded. Its climate is cold. Its residents, like all the members of this group, are hardworking people who strive daily to improve their families’ economic stability and this is how they are gradually attaining their families’ improvement.

One of the group members is María Gerardina. She’s been part of the Corazón de Jesús credit group for nine years and in all this time has managed to establish a strong bond of friendship with all the other members while at the same time has attained better economic stability for her family.

María Gerardina is 66-years-old and a widow but while she was married she had six children who are all married adults now living independently. She lives alone in a rented house.

She works doing tasks she learned from her parents. She’s been able to raise her children this way and to move her family forward. She raises cattle, pigs, chickens and guinea pigs. She uses milk she gets from her cattle to make cheese to sell. Also, she sells what she grows in the city markets.

The profits earned from her previous loan helped her cover many of her household expenses which is why she wants another loan to use to buy pigs, guinea pigs, chicks and animal feed to continue growing in her business which is her source of income. Her dream is to conserve her health so that she can stay in business.

Two members, a man and a woman, who were unable to be present when the group photo was taken, appear in the small photo.

In this group: Ana María, María Evangelina, María Rosario, Martha Verónica, Margarita Dorinda, Jessica Lorena, Rosa Avelina, María Gerardina, Josefina, Manuel Marcelo, Sandra Maricela, Carmen Lucia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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