A loan of $3,125 helped a member to buy chickens and animal feed.

Trinidad (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank “Trinidad” consists of eight women who live in the surrounding neighborhoods of Turi Parish in the city of Cuenca. This parish is considered to be the vantage point of the city of Cuenca since one can see most of the city from that area. The people engage in trade, but they also spend time farming and raising animals. The members of this group work each day either in the fields or at different business activities so that their family can move forward.

One of the group members is Sra. María. She is 34 years old, divorced, and has four children (ages 17, 15, 7, and 5). Her oldest child, a son, works and helps out financially. The second child, a daughter, helps with the household chores. The youngest two children attend an elementary school in town. She owns the house in which she lives.

Doña María cleans shoes, a business activity that she has been doing for five years. This type of work has helped to provide better stability for her household. At home she raises chickens and pigs. She also grows crops and whatever she harvests is used at home, but sometimes she sells her output. The money from her loan will be invested in the purchase of chickens and feed for her animals. Her dream is to see her children become professionals.

The smaller photo is of a member who was not able to be present at the time the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Carmen, Daniela Alexandra*, María Transito, Luisa Esperanza, Teresa Rocio, Rosa Clementina, María Cruz, Claudia Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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