A loan of $2,975 helped a member to buy guinea pigs, chickens, animal feed, and seeds.

Rosas Rojas (Paute) Group's story

The Communal Bank “Rosas Rojas” (Red Roses) consists of eight women who live in the canton of Paute, which is known for its warm climate and for being a major producer of flowers. This area also has the largest hydroelectric dam in the country. The people are working class and are always striving to help their families get ahead.

One member of this group is Sra. Jhoanna. She is 20 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has two children (ages 3 and 1). Her husband is a public employee. They do not own a home, so they currently live at the house of her in-laws.

Doña Jhoanna passes the time by looking after her children, but she also contributes to the household finances by raising guinea pigs, chickens, and pigs. She also engages in farming and the crops that she produces are set aside for both household consumption and for sale. The money from her loan will be used to buy guinea pigs, chickens, animal feed, and seeds.

In this group: Blanca Azucena, Johanna Carolina, Zoila Virginia, Fanny Fabiana, Julia Leonor, Saida Marible, María Dolores, María Mercedes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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