A loan of $5,850 helped a member to buy handicrafts.

Mujeres Con Visión (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank "Mujeres con Visión" (Women with Vision) consists of 17 members who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This city was named a World Heritage Site in December 1999. Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and is known for its cold climate, but its people have very warm hearts. The members of this group are charismatic women who maintain a good sense of humor. Thanks to their hard work, they are able to cover their household expenses and help their families move forward. They have also maintained the cultures and traditions of their people.

One of the members of this group is Sra. María Angelita. She lives in the District of Quinta Chica in the city of Cuenca. She is 28 years old and a single mother of a nine-year-old son who attends a school in the city. María Angelita does not own a home, so she lives at her parents' house and shares in the household expenses. Her father is in construction while her mother is in charge of the household chores.

Sra. María Angelita is in the retail trade. She buys and sells handicrafts made of plaster. She has been in this business for four years and her merchandise is sold while she travels around the city. María Angelita works Monday through Friday, but she does not have a set schedule. This is her first loan with the Communal Bank. She will invest in the purchase of handicrafts so that she will have greater variety. Her goal is to have her own workshop for producing handicrafts.

The smaller photo shown is of a member who was not present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Carmen Margarita, Bertha Alicia, Lourdes Esperanza, Lucrecia Leonor, Nelly Soledad, Lourdes Mercedes, Livia Teresa, Lidia Hortencia, María Del Carmen, Maura Cristina, Elsa Avelina, Zulay Elizabeth, María Angelita, Antonia Soraya, María José*, María Esperanza, Monicajanneth
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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