Las Morlaquitas (Cuenca) Group's story

In the city of Cuenca a group of enterprising and determined women united to advance their families, founding Las Morlaquitas Comunal Bank. It is located in Cuenca in the central south region of the country, enjoying a cold climate, appropriate for cultivation of vegetables, fruit and corn. It is also characterized by its variety of typical food, such as roast pork, guinea pig, and other delicacies of the region. On this occasion, we were accompanied by Deysi Ureña, the bank's credit promoter. In the photo she is wearing brown, has glasses, and is behind the member in red.
Mrs. Silvia lives in her husband's house in the Cristo del Consuelo (Christ of Consolation) sector with her 2 children who are still small (7 years old and 5 months since birth). Her husband has resided abroad for 20 years and, now that he has his papers in order, he visits his family every 4 months. She is 28 years old and is a professional driver, who has been driving a school transport van for 6 years. She has 2 routes, one from 5:00 am until 8:00 am in which she brings young people to a school in the city, and the other from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm, with young people from a school in her locality. These activities she combines with household responsibilities, caring for her children, and in her free time, she makes artistic nylon purses, which she learned how to do 10 years ago, thanks to her abilities and imagination.
She is in her 2nd loan cycle with the foundation, motivated by a friend and member of the little bank. With this loan she will invest in her vehicle, buying some replacement parts and tires and, also, buy nylon to continue making purses. Her goal is to buy a small auto to get away with her children on weekends.
María Angeles is another member of the Las Morlaquitas bank. She lives with 4 of her 6 children, since 2 are married and living independently. Their ages are between 33 and 14. Only her youngest son still studies at night school and mornings he helps her in the house. All her children work and help to pay household expenses, since she is 51 and separated for 15 years from her husband.
María has worked for 31 years in the market selling fruits and vegetables in her stall on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On other days, she does the same in another market, circulating in the P. selling everything between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm. This activity has permitted her family to get ahead. This is her first loan with the institution. She was invited to join by her daughter-in-law. With the funds she will buy citrus, melons, papayas, salt-wort, chicory, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and more fruits and vegetables to resupply her business.
Her dream is to have a house which she still lacks.

In this group: Luisa Narcisa, Soraya De Lourdes, María Augusta, María Angelica, Constancia De Jesus, Silvia Ramona, María Angeles, Rosa María, Ladi Diana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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