A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy fertilizer, seeds and animal feed.

Gañaloma (Nabón) Group's story

The Gañaloma credit group consists of 8 members (7 women, 1 man) who live in the canton of Nabon. This is a region that has a cold climate but green meadows and beautiful landscapes due to its geography. Its architecture is a mixture of colonial and modern. The people fiercely guard the culture and traditions that they learned from their parents. The majority work raising livestock and farming. Some go out to the city to perform different jobs, which allows them to improve their economic situation.

Patricia is one of the women of this group. She is obtaining her second loan in the company of her friends and companions in the Gañaloma credit group. She likes this form of loan because they all share a very good friendship and in the meetings they can talk about different subjects that interest them.

Patricia is 23, married and has 3 children who are 6, 5 and 2 years old. Her oldest two children attend a local school. Her husband works in the construction field as a mason. They live in their own house.

Patricia spends the majority of her time at home caring for her children, who are still small. But to support her husband with living costs she raises sheep, guinea pigs and pigs and also works in agriculture, selling what she harvests.

She is planning to invest the money from her loan in the purchase of fertilizer, seed and feed for her animals. Her dream is to have a business of her own, such as a store.

The small photograph is a member who was not able to be present when the group photograph was taken.

In this group: Patricia Carolina, María Mercedes, Valeria Narcisa, Blanca Esperanza, Byron Santiago*, Aida Lucrecia, Ligia Alejandra, Daisy Corina
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Dechert

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