Total loan: $2,325

Pro Mujer(Cuenca) Group

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador / Retail

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A loan helped Purchase items to start a bazaar; pay for son's education.

Pro Mujer(Cuenca) Group's story

Adriana is 21 years old, married and has two children, ages 3 and 1. Her husband works as a courier at the Yanbal cosmetics factory. They live in the city of Cuenca, where they can enjoy the colonial beauty of a historical center. The rivers nourish the city, people and gastronomy, making it one of the most visited places in the country by natives and foreigners. Adriana dedicates herself to the household chores and caring for her niece. On Saturdays, she works cleaning other people's homes until midday. Her friend Alexandra encouraged her to join this group of enterprising women, which joined forces with Kiva partner Comunal Pro Mujer to make headway for their families and to have more and better opportunities for personal and economic advancement. This is the group's first loan, and with her portion Adriana plans to start a small bazaar for which she will purchase cards, stuffed animals, gifts, jewelry, school supplies, clothing, and other personal and household products. Her goal is to resume her studies since she has a first-grade education. Sandra D. is another member of the community bank, and she lives in the city with her husband and their three children, ages 22, 21 and 17, all of whom are either studying in college or high school. It is not her own home, but her in-laws live in a separate area. Because her husband is a veterinarian, he runs his office out of the home to save on expenses. Sandra has worked as an employee at a private collection agency for the city's electric company for the past five years. She works Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is her first loan with the community bank, and with the money she plans to pay for her son's university education. Her biggest dream is to have her own home.

Translated from Spanish by Marty Greenstein, Kiva Volunteer