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A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy software and webcams for computers and fabric, zippers, threads, etc. for dress-making.

Mujeres Soñadoras (Cuenca) Group's story

Sonia N., 24, is an active member of the Mujeres Soñadoras communal bank. Her mother-in-law motivated her to join. The bank is in the city of Cuenca, a city that is full of tradition, legends and beautiful architecture that combines medieval and modern styles. She lives on Don Bosco avenue in greater Cuenca. Sonia is happily married and has two beautiful children, who are 8 and 3 years old. Her husband is employed by the Rival plastics company. She does not own a house; they live in the home of her in-laws.

Sonia runs an Internet access and public phone booth business; she has been in this line of work for two-and-a-half years. She is open to the public from 8am until 10pm seven days a week; she takes no days off. She tells us that this is her 4th loan cycle with the Foundation and she will use the new funds, when she gets them, to buy software and webcams for her computers. Her goal is to have her own home.

Blanca Gavilanes, 56, lives in greater Cuenca. This is her 4th loan cycle with the Foundation. Her previous loans have been used to pay cash, rather than on credit, for her sewing shop materials and supplies. She has been a seamstress for 30 years and she works from home.

Blanca is married and has three children, 30, 28, and 20 years old. Her oldest daughter is married and lives independently while her other two children are still in university in the city; her husband is a professor and, thanks to their mutual effort, they were able to build their own house. She will use her new financing to buy supplies like lace trim, zippers, fabric, thread, etc. to use in dressmaking.

In this group: Ana Lucia, Ana Raquel, Martha Isabel, Eva Cecilia, Alexandra Del Carmen, Blanca Alicia, Sonia Fernanda, Miriam Elizabeth*, Melida Yolanda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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