A loan of $5,725 helped a member to buy cabuya.

Vegaspamba (Gualaceo) Group's story

The Vegaspamba credit group is made up of 10 women who live in the Jadan de Gualaceo parish. It has a cool climate and one of its traditional drinks is chicha de jora, which they share during festivals. They still use the traditional clothing, which consists of a hat, shawl, and pants or a skirt. The people are friendly and cordial and they strive to get ahead and to get their families ahead.

One of the members of this group is Mariela. She is 27, married and from her marriage has an eight year old daughter. Her husband works as a bricklayer and they own the house they live in. Mariela is a hardworking member who takes care of her home and also farms. What she grows is for household consumption, and she also raises guinea pigs and works as a laborer in a tomato greenhouse Monday through Friday. In her free time, or in the evening, she makes rope to sell. She learned this activity from her parents. The money from the loan is to buy cabuya to make the rope. Her goal is to get ahead.

In this group: Zoila Elena, Lus María, Ruth Cecilia, Rosa Elena, Rosa Balvina, María Rosa, Gloria Alvertina, Diana Lucia, Mariela Alexandra, María Mercedes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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