A loan of $3,975 helped a member to buy compost and seeds.


Maluay (Cuenca) Group's story

The Maluay communal bank is comprised of ten women members who strive to improve their economies to give their children a better future. They work raising animals and also growing crops for home consumption. They live in the Maluay Community in Cuenca which is a community with lush vegetation and enchanting scenery.

One of the members of the group is Maria, who is 37 years old. She is married and has two children, ages 18 and 11. The eldest daughter is in high school and the youngest son in elementary. Her husband works in telephone communication and has his own workshop. They live in their own house.

Maria is a hard-working woman who is dedicated to organic agriculture. None of her crops are grown with any type of chemicals. She has been in business for three years. She also raises animals such as guinea pigs, pigs and chickens. In her free time she sells cosmetics. The money from the loan will be invested in the purchase of compost and seeds. Her goal is to have an integral vegetable crop farm.

In this group: María Celina, María Rosario, Rosa Sarbella, María Cruz, Rosa Agripina, Delia Esther*, Ana Piedad, Mariana De Jersus, Martha Yolanda, Ana Cecilia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess


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