A loan of $1,100 helped purchase wood for making furniture pieces.

Blanca Justina's story

The Responsible Ladies Communal Bank is comprised of a group of capable and strong-willed women who make supporting their families a high priority. Despite the obstacles that surface on a daily basis, they have been able to form an excellent working team that looks out for the welfare of its members. The Communal Bank is located in the city of Cuenca, which lies in a mountainous region of southern Ecuador.

Sra. Blanca I. is a member of the Responsible Ladies Communal Bank. She lives in the neighborhood of Visorey in central Cuenca. She is 63 years old, married, and the mother of 6 children ranging in age from 28 to 44. All of her children are grown and live independently. Blanca and her husband are raising a grandson who was abandoned at birth. Her husband is 67 years old and has been working at his carpentry workshop for 20 years. This business has provided for their daily needs and enabled them to build a house, although it is still unfinished.

Blanca assists her husband in his workshop and also performs the household chores. Since she suffers from high blood pressure and kidney disease, she is not able to overextend herself and lead a normal life. She is also concerned about her business because orders have declined significantly because customers are finding alternatives to wood that are less expensive.

For six years, Blanca has been working with her Communal Bank. She invested her loans into her business and her home. With this new loan from Fundación ESPOIR, she will buy wood for making beds, cupboards, and other pieces so that she will have inventory for her business.

Blanca’s biggest dream is to continue and grow her business since this is her family’s livelihood.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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