A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs, lambs, and animal feed.

Trinidad (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Trinidad" communal bank is made up of seven members who live around the Turi parish in Cuenca. This place is lush with vegetation and green meadows. It is known as the city viewpoint as, from its highest point, you can admire the beauty of the city of Cuenca. The people here in Turi are friendly and courteous, much like the members of the communal bank - they are also fighters, always working to improve financial stability in their lives and also help their families to prosper. The people of Turi are proud to keep up the culture and traditions that they were taught by their parents.

One member of this group is María Carmen, who has been with the communal bank for five years. During this time, loans have helped her to improve her financial stability and to get ahead with her family.

María Carmen is 37 years old. She is married and, with her husband, has four children - aged 19, 17, 15, and 12 years old respectively. The eldest is working and supports the household financially. The other three children are studying at one of the schools in the city. María Carmen's husband works as a builder. The couple owns the house they live in; they built it with a lot of sacrifice.

María Carmen spends most of her time at home, where she does household chores. She also works hard in the field as a farmer: she uses part of her harvest to feed her family, and the rest she sells. In addition María Carmen raises chickens, guinea pigs, and lambs. At the weekend, she works fixing houses.

This loan will be invested in buying chickens, guinea pigs, lambs, and in feed for the animals. María Carmen's goal is to finish her house as there are still a couple of small things to do. Her other goal is for her children to become professionals.

The small photo in the image is of a member who could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Carmen, Daniela Alexandra, María Transito, Luisa Esperanza, Teresa Rocio, Rosa Clementina, María Cruz

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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