Total loan: $1,725

Artesanas De Narancay (Cuenca) Group

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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador / Agriculture

Artesanas De Narancay (Cuenca) Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped To buy corn seed, seedlings of lettuce, onion, and carrot; also creams, makeup, perfumes, eyeshadow, lipsticks, etc.

Artesanas De Narancay (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank "Artesanas de Narancay" is located in the city of Cuenca in the parish of Baños, which is know for its hot springs, protected forests, and unique natural landscapes that are considered tourist attractions.

The members of the bank are strong willed women who are not held-back despite the difficulties that face them day to day. Together with their families, they move forward victoriously and are always ready to give us a smile and share their stories.

Zara has been a member of this bank for just one lending cycle. She lives in the community of the same name as her community bank together with her husband who works as a security guard. Together they have had six children who vary in age from 34 to 16. Two of these children are already married and live independently, the other single children work and help with the household expenses. Thanks to the family help they have been able to lay the foundations for their own home.

Zara is 55 years old and she works growing corn, lettuce, carrots, onions, etc. She has been doing this for some years and was taught by her mother. She sells all her products in the Cuenca market. With the loan she receives from the Foundation she will buy corn seed and seedlings of lettuce, carrots, onions, etc, and she will use part to buy books for her youngest son who is still in school.

Her greatest dream is that her children will stand out in their professional and family lives.

Just like Zara, Maura has been working with the community bank for one loan cycle. She is a very cheerful member and she told us that her sister-in-law invited her to be part of this great group and access the benefits offered by the Foundation. Our friend is 32 years old, an affectionate wife, and the mother of kids of 10 and 8 years old. She carries out various economic activities including selling cosmetics from the Yanbal catalog (which she has been doing for 3 years), also washing clothes for her neighbors (for two years), and, of course, caring for her home and her children.

Maura tells us that her husband moved abroad six years ago in search of better opportunities for him and his family, but that it hasn't been easy. They still do not have their own home and they live in her sister's house. With the money from her loan she will buy creams, perfumes, lipsticks, and makeup, along with other products from the Yanbal line. Her goal is to continue growing her business.

Translated from Spanish by Alison Hynd, Kiva Volunteer