A loan of $4,250 helped a member to buy pigs and feed for her animals.

Camino A La Esperanza (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank “Camino a la Esperanza” [“Path to Hope”] is made up of seven women who live in and around the parish of Santa Ana in Cuenca, which is known for its lush vegetation, green fields of crops, and its mix of old and modern architecture. The members work in agriculture and raising animals, and some work in the city in various jobs. The members are always looking out for their families’ wellbeing, and they want their children to have better employment opportunities and to better themselves.

Dolores de Jesús has been a member of this group for seven years now. She likes the group because all of the members are friends and support each other, and because each loan allows her to improve and grow her business. Dolores de Jesús is 55 years old. She is a single mother with two children, ages 16 and 13, who study at a school in the city. The house in which they live is their own. Dolores de Jesús works raising animals, such as pigs, chickens and cows. She makes cheese from the milk from the cows. She also grows some crops, but only enough for use in her home. She is requesting this loan to buy pigs and feed for her animals. Her dream is to see her children become professionals.

In this group: María Dolores, Sara Magdalena, María Luzmila, Dolores De Jesús, Rosa Elvira, Verónica Lourdes, Angelita Rosario

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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