A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy pineapples, melons, apples, grapes and to buy milk, diapers, and medical expenses for the child.

Por Un Futuro Mejor (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank Por un Futuro Mejor (For a Better Future) was formed in the cantón (a type of territorial subdivision) Paute. This cantón is located in the northeast of the providence of Azuay. There is an ample variety of fine food and dining and beautiful landscapes. The have the largest electronic plant in the country, Hidroeléctrica Paute (Paute Hydroelectric). Its people are cordial and very friendly, making people that visit this cantón fall in love with it. Its members are women fighters who have a great friendship, almost forming a family. They are in search of better living conditions for them and theirs.

Laura P. Z. is a member of the community bank Por un Futuro Mejor. She is 23 years old. She is the single mother of a beautiful 1 year, 8 month-old little girl whose father recognizes her. Laura lives in the house with her mother, sharing in the obligations and expenses of their home.

Our member sells all kinds of fruits in her stand, located in the market of Paute where she goes from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Wednesdays and Sundays when she works from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. She has been in this business for two years. She tells us that at this time the sales are low, but she has hope that everything will change soon.

She has had three cycles with the foundation and she used the loans she has received to invest in increasing her business. With the new loans she requests, she’s going to buy pineapples, melons, apples, and above all else grapes because it is the most consumed fruit in this part as the year because of the traditions of our culture.

Her dream is to be able to travel to the United States to provide a better present and future for her daughter.

Diana P. is 22 years old. She is one of the youngest members of her community bank. She is the single mother of a two month-old girl whose father recognizes her. Currently, she lives in her mother’s house with whom she shares household expenses.

Our member is a merchant. She has a place in the market of Paute where she sells sweets that she acquires in order to resell them. Her work schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday. She has been in this business for a year and a half and she feels happy because it is going well for her.

This is her second cycle with the foundation. She commented to us that the loans she received have been invested in her business, and the new loan she requested will be invested in the care of her tender little girl, to buy milk and diapers.

Her dream is to have a bigger business to give better service and assorted products to her discerning clientele.

In this group: Gabriela Maria, Maria Carmelina, Laura Mariela, Maria Luz Aurora, Diana Carolina, Maria Hortencia*

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Trad

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