A loan of $2,050 helped a member buy milk, natural yogurt, and clothes like t-shirts and pants, etc.

Juntas Venceremos (Cuenca) Group's story

The Juntas Venceremos Communal Bank is a bank in the city of Cuenca. It is a city that was declared the Cultural Patrimony of Ecuador for its fine architecture and artistic works. The Historical Center is formed by the oldest residential area. We can also find there the majority of churches of architectural value. Our members are people who always carry their traditions, their grace, and their kindness in their hearts. They are people looking for a way to succeed in life.

María Q. is a member of the Juntas Venceremos Communal Bank. She lives in the Calera community in the city of Cuenca. She is 42 and married. Her husband works with ceramics in Cuenca. She is a great pillar and example in her household. They have three children who are 14, 10, and 8. Her first son is studying in college, and the last two are in school. With marital effort and sacrifice they have been able to build their own home.

María has been providing cleaning services for three years. She tells us that it is going well. She is also starting her own business making yogurt. She has been doing this for six months. She learned how to make this product in a course that she took. Now she is putting it into practice. She gets along with all of her colleagues in the communal bank. She shares stories of daily life with them. She has been working with loans from the foundation for three years. The loans have benefited her household economic situation a little.

She will use the new loan from the foundation to buy products to make yogurt. Her greatest dream is to see her children become professionals and succeed in life.

Sandra M. is a member of the Juntas Venceremos Communal Bank. She lives in the Orquídes sector in the Hermano Miguel parish in the city of Cuenca. She is 39, and she has been divorced for nine years. Her husband traveled abroad and forgot his family. She had four children with him. She has been in a new relationship for four years. They have two children. One is three years old. The second child died 25 days after being born. The cause was her diabetes, and he was born sick. Her husband works as an interprovincial bus conductor.

Sandra sells all types of clothes. She has been doing this for two years. She goes to the factories where she knows people. She tells us that it is going well. She has a good friendship with all of the members of their bank. She is in her third cycle of loans with the foundation. A friend motivated her to become part of the bank. All of the loans she has received have benefited her business and helped her illness. With this loan from the Espoir Foundation she will invest in her business.

Her biggest dream is to leave the country to give her children a better future.

In this group: Valerie Tricia, Maria Del Carmen, Angela Elvira, Sandra Mercedes, Rosa Elvira, Hortencia Elizabeth, Fany Liliana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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