A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy notebooks, pencils, rulers and more school supplies..


Cumbe (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cumbe credit group is made up of 9 women who live around the Cumbe parish in Cuenca. It is a place known for its exuberant vegetation, its cold climate, and its fertile soil where a large variety of vegetables are grown. They also raise animals, especially cattle. Its architecture is a mixture of old and new. The members are kind and gentle people who work daily in different activities which allow them to cover their household expenses and be financially independent.

One of the members of the group is Lisandra. She is taking out her first loan with her friends and companions in the Cumbe credit group. She hopes to be able to be a part of this beautiful group and contribute her brief experience and learn from all of the other members to get ahead in life. Lisandra is a very young woman who is living in a common law marriage and has a 2 year old son. Her husband is a driver by trade and he drives a truck. They don't have their own house and they live with her parents-in-law, where they share the household expenses.

A short time ago, Lisandra started her own business, which is a paper goods store. She works there Sunday to Sunday with no set schedule. She also works in agriculture for household consumption. She raises chickens that she sells alive or butchered. She is going to invest her loan in buying notebooks, pencils, gifts, and more school supplies for her paper goods store. Her goal is to have a bigger store.

In this group: Laura Azucena, Julia Janneth, María Teresa De Jesús, Gloria Isabel, María Lucrecia, Neidy Carmita*, Nancy Fabiola, Lizandra Gabriela, María Luzmila
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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