A loan of $5,750 helped a member purchase chickens, guinea pigs and animal feed..


Victoria Del Portete (Cuenca) Group's story

The Victoria del Portete communal bank has six female members and two male members who are involved in different activities like farming and commerce. The activities allow them to have economic independence and contribute to their household incomes. They are friendly, kind and charismatic people yet they still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They live in the Victoria del Portete parish in Cuenca. This place has a cold climate. It has great grasslands for livestock. There are various places to enjoy nature. The people are dedicated to commerce, raising animals and many of them work in the city in various types of jobs. One of the members is Gloria. She likes the group for the bonds, the friendship and solidarity among all the members. Gloria is 38 years old. She is married and she has two children from the relationship who are 19 and 18 years old. Her first daughter is in school and her second daughter is in a small school in the city. Her husband works in construction. They do not have her own house so they live in a relative's house. Gloria is involved in farming. Her harvests are for selling and consumption in her home. She also raises guinea pigs, chickens and livestock. The money from the loan will be invested in the purchase of chickens and animal feed. Her goal is to have a store in her house.

In this group: Gloria Felicidad, María Auxiliadora, María Lucia, Aurora Elena*, Sofia Pascuala, Laura Rosario, Milton Eduardo, Octaviano
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson


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