A loan of $4,875 helped a member to buy chickens and chicken feed.

Loma De La Cruz (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Loma de la Cruz" communal bank is composed of two males and ten females who lives around the city of Cuenca. This city is famous for it's colonial beauty and it's culture. It has four rivers running through it and was granted World Heritage Site status in December 1999. It's people are friendly and gentle. The members of the communal bank work hard every day to strengthen their household, always fighting for the well-being of their families.

Narcisa, one of these members, is requesting her first loan alongside her friends and associates of the "Loma de la Cruz" communal bank. She hopes to establish a strong friendship with all the members and continue with her work routine. She is 53 years old and the single mother of nine children. Three of her children are married and live independently. Two of her single children also live apart. Two others work and help with the household economy and the last two study at a secondary school in the city. They live in a rented house.

Narcisa works daily bringing in laundry to wash and also raises chickens at her house which allows her to pay her expenses. The money from the loan will be used to buy chicks and chicken feed.

Her dream is to have her own house. The three inserted photos are members of the group who could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Dalila Eufemia, Ines De Jesús, Ana Gabriela*, Libia Jesús, Trancito Etelvina, Karina Verónica, Marlene Maclovia, Blanca Alicia, Richard Josue, Carmen Pilar, Miguel Leonardo, Narcisa De Jesús
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer leonardo

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