A loan of $4,475 helped a member inventory / Communion expenses.

Nuevos Senderos (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank “Nuevos Senderos” (New Paths) is located in the urban area of Cuenca and is made up of men and women visionaries who do not allow themselves to be discouraged by their day to day challenges. This sector is characterized by the natural beauty of its landscapes, the colonial architecture of its historical center, its food, and the friendly people from this lovely region of the country.

María Virginia leases a home in the urban center of Cuenca. She lives there with her husband, who works as a maintenance man for the Ecuadorian Social Security Institution, and with her youngest daughter of 14. [María Virginia ] has a total of four children, but the others are married and independent.

María Virginia is 46 years old and has been selling fast food for the past 20 years, thanks to her brother who taught her this line of work. Her intent is to help her family come out ahead. She works from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm from a small area in her home. Her charisma and sense of humor allow her to get along very well with the other members of her little bank, which is in its third cycle. She was one of those invited to become part of this wonderful group of hard working men and women. She will use the money from this loan to buy soft drinks, waters, potatoes, meats, toothpicks, and other implements needed to prepare her foods and to continue to grow her business. Her goal is to continue to move ahead with her family and business.

Carmen is also a member of this bank and lives in the urban area of Cuenca with her life partner and three children, ages 11, 10, and 5. Her husband works as a driver for a heavy transport company. They don’t have their own house, so they rent. She is in her third cycle, thanks to a friend who is a member of the bank. She will use the money from this loan to pay for her son’s first communion. She will buy him clothes and pay for the Eucharistic expenses. She would like to open a store as soon as possible.

In this group: Maria Del Carmen, Maria Etelvina, Marcela Elizabeth, Carmen Gerogina, Maria Beatriz, Rosa Imelda, Elvia Margarita, Blanca Josefina, Marcia Jeannette, Maria Virginia, Cesar Augusto*, Gladys Marcela, Maria Luisa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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