A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, hens, and building materials.

San José (Cuenca) Group's story

The San José group is made up of ten women, who live in a beautiful sector of Santa Ana in Cuenca. From the centre of the parish you can see a large part of the city of Cuenca and, because of its rough landscape, there is plenty of scenery to enjoy nature. The people here are very friendly and gentle. They are always looking for a better future, something they achieve through daily sacrifice.

One member of this group is Rosa Elena. She has been with this group for three years, during which time she has developed friendships with all members of the group. At the same time, loans have helped her to move ahead with her family.

Rosa is 39 years old. She is married and, from this relationship, has five children. Two of the children are now married and independent adults, while the other three are still in school - two in high school, one in primary. Rosa's husband is a builder. The family lives in their own house.

Rosa spends most of her time looking after the home but, to support the family economy, she works as a maid and also raises guinea pigs, pigs and hens at home.

Rosa will invest this loan in buying guinea pigs, hens, and building materials to do some repairs at home.

Rosa's goal is to have more guinea pigs and to improve breeding.

In this group: Ana Mercedes, Rosa Cristina, Delia Mercedes, Daniela Magali, María Clara, María Alexandra, Rosa Amelia, María Carmen, Nancy Melania, Rosa Elena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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