A loan of $2,100 helped a member buy meat, oil, flour, napkins, cutlery, etc.

Bella Vista (Cuenca) Group's story

The Bella Vista communal bank is made up of members who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. The city is a fusion of three cultures rich in symbolism, tradition, and art: Cañarí, Inca, and Spanish. The people are friendly and cordial, and so are the members.

One member is Blanca S.. She is 50 years old and a mother of five, aged 30, 27, 25, 23, and 22. Their father acknowledges only one, though all carry his last name. Two are married and three live in a civil union. One 10-year-old grandson lives with Blanca and studies in the Ezequiel Crespo School. Their house is rented.

For 15 years, Blanca has had a business selling pinchos (roasted meat on a stick), fried fish, and fritada (fried meat). She sells from the sidewalk of her house and also has city permits to sell at the Cuenca festivals. She gets along well with all the other members of the communal bank, creating a good atmosphere of work and companionship. This is her 1st loan cycle, and with the money she will invest in her business, as there are a few things she still needs. Her dream is to have her own house.

Claudia S. is also a member of Bella Vista. She lives in the center of the city. She is 28 years old, divorced, and has a 10-year-old boy who studies at the Archbishop Serrano Aguilar School.

Claudia is a homemaker and looks after her nephews to make some extra money, and also has a small bakery business. She has been doing this for three months, and took an intensive course in baking and cake making before beginning. Her products are sold only to people who order them. Her family encouraged her to join the communal bank. This is her 1st loan cycle and she will use the money to invest in materials she is lacking in her bakery. Her dream is to buy her own house.

In this group: Martha Cecilia, Nancy Maricela, Blanca Alicia, Claudia Fernanda, Claudia Susana, Zoila Aurora, Elena Del Rocio

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer jeff hersk

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