A loan of $3,125 helped a member to purchase seeds and fertilizer.

Las Del Río ( Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "Las del Rio" (The Women of the River) is made up of 8 women who fight each day to improve their families' financial stability. They are friendly, kind people who still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages. These women live on the outskirts of Jadan Parish in Cuenca. The parish enjoys a cold climate and green vegetation. The architecture is a mix of old-fashioned and modern.
One of the members of the communal bank is señora María Rosario. She is 42-years old, married and together with her husband had 10 children. One of her children is married and lives on his own, another works and helps the family financially, one goes to university, three are in secondary school, three are in primary school and the youngest is still at home. María Rosario's husband works as a day laborer. The house they live in is their own.
This member learned to work in the fields from her parents at a young age. It is now her way of life. Agriculture provides her income. In addition to plantings vegetables, María Rosario has a greenhouse for tomatoes. At the moment, it is working out well. She also earns a living raising animals like guinea pigs, pigs, chickens and cattle. Her work gives her the opportunity to be at home to take care of her family.
María Rosario is taking out another loan because she wants to keep investing in her business. The profit she earns is a great help in meeting her family's expenses. The money from this loan will be invested in the purchase of seeds and fertilizer for her greenhouse. María Rosario's goal is to help her children have decent careers.
The small photo above is of a member who couldn't be there when the group picture was taken.

In this group: María Eulalia, Eva Cecilia, Ana Matilde, María Rosario, María Ildaura*, Miriam Isabel, María Patricia, Clara Dolores
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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