A loan of $3,450 helped a member to buy chickens and chicken food.

El Batán (Cuenca) Group's story

The group El Batan is comprised of 7 women and 2 men that live near the center of the city of Cuenca, an area that is known for its chilly climate, its many athletes, poets, and craftsmen, and since December of 1999 has been considered the Cultural Heritage Center of Humanity. The people care for the culture and traditions taught to them by their ancestors. Each person shares the common goal of improving their economic situation and getting ahead.

One of the members of this group is named Carmen. She is seeking her second loan, along with her friends and group members. She likes belonging to this group because each member has the same objective, which is a dedication to helping their families get by.

Carmen is 42 years old and she is a single mother of 3 children that are 17, 11, and 2 years old. Her oldest son is studying in college. Her second child, a daughter, studies in the public school. They don't own their own home, but instead rent.

For many years Carmen has worked in cleaning. She works from Monday to Saturday, all day long. She also does laundry for extra income. These jobs help her support her family and household.

This loan will be used to buy chickens and chicken food. She wants to start raising chickens because her goal is to one day have her own business, such as a small grocery store.

In this group: Gladys Susana, Ediltrudys Ceneida, Nube Rosario, Carmen Dolores, María Beatriz*, María Celia, Luis Antonio, Yordi Benedicto, Fernanda Jeanneth
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Connelly

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