A loan of $5,225 helped a member to purchase chickens and animal feed.

El Cruce Hacia El Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

The "El Cruce hacia el Futuro" lending group is made up of 12 women from the community of el Cruce, which is the parish of Sinincay in Cuenca. People there raise animals and work in subsistence agriculture. They also go to the city to look for jobs or work in factories etc.

The women in this group are fighters who try daily to improve their household income for the benefit of their families. They are very happy women and demonstrate that at each communal bank meeting. One of the members of this group is Maria. She is 62 years old and widowed. She has two adult children from her marriage who are married and live independently. She lives alone in a house she owns. Maria works as a maid Monday to Saturday all day. At home, she raises guinea pigs and chickens. She will invest the money from this loan in purchasing chickens and animal feed to grow this business. Her dream is to make improvements to her house.

In this group: Elsa Gladys, Jenny Elizabeth, María Del Carmen, Rosa Del Cisne, Mónica Patricia, Narcisa Milena, María Rosa, Deysi Marisol, Nube Karina, María Soledad, Rosa Laura, Gladis Blanca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michele Magrino

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