A loan of $2,950 helped a member to expand her chicken coop and to buy chicken feed.

Maluay De Curiquinga (Cuenca) Group's story

The credit group Maluay de Curiquinga is made up of 8 determined women who share a common goal: to help improve the economic stability of their homes, to better care for their families, and to provide their children with more opportunities. These women are friendly and kind, and they also maintain the traditions and culture of their people. They live in a community belonging to the district "El Valle" in Cuenca, which is known for its beautiful landscapes and varied cuisine.

One of the members of this group is Patricia. She is 48-years old and separated from her husband but, while they were still together, they had two beautiful children who are now 3 and 4 years old. She does not have her own house, but lives with her mother with whom she shares the home's expenses. Patricia is dedicated to caring for her young children and, in order to do this, she works raising chickens, which she later plucks, and sells. She has been running this business for 3 years. She also grows produce both for her family's consumption and to sell in the city. She is going to invest the money from this loan in expanding her chicken coop and buying chicken feed. Her goal is to start raising a larger quantity of chickens as well as guinea pigs.

In this group: María Sandra, María Trancito, Teresa De Jesús, Janneth María, Narcisa Jesús, Patricia Piedad, Ana Gabriela, María Eugenia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emma Holliday

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