A loan of $5,050 helped a member to purchase a calf and animal feed.

San Luis De Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The San Luís credit group is composed of 8 female and 2 male members, who live around the Cumbe parish in Cuenca. This area has a cold climate, wide grasslands, and green countrysides which, combined with the rugged terrain, make for beautiful scenery. The local people, including the group members, are traditionalist and maintain the customs and traditions that their parents taught them. They work in animal husbandry, agriculture, and much of the population travels daily into the city to pursue different activities.

One of the members of this group is Señora María Segunda. She finds herself pursuing her second loan alongside her friends and companions from the San Luís de Cumbe credit group. She likes being a part of this group as everyone is very accomplished and supportive. Señora María Segunda is 49 years old, married, and through her conjugal union has 7 children. Five of them are married and live independently, one daughter lives at home to help with the household chores, and her youngest daughter is attending school in the city. Her husband works as a mason, and they own their home.

Doña María Segunda sometimes works as a day labourer, but her main income source is cattle breeding, through which she sells milk. She also raises pigs, guinea pigs, and chickens. What she gets from her agricultural work is for her household, but if there is a surplus, she sells it.

She will invest the money from this loan in the purchase of a calf and in feed for all of her animals. Her goal is to raise better quality livestock.

In this group: María Raquel, Julia Rebeca, María Josefa, Mario Gonzalo, Gladys Susana, Luis Alberto, Rosa Etelvina, Rosa Amalia, María Segunda, Segunda Mercedes

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristen McNeill

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