A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, meat and land.

Futuro Para Un Bienestar (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank Futuro para un Bienestar is made up of 9 hard-working, enterprising women who have come together to obtain a better future for their families. They live in Cuenca, a location characterized by the beauty of its rivers, its writers, the architecture of its temples and buildings, its exquisite gastronomy and the friendliness and kindness shown to tourists.
Maria Beatriz O. has been a member of this community bank for a year and a half. She was invited by a friend and the loans have helped her small business. She prepares food to deliver to her customers, whom she has obtained through her three years of work. Things are going well and bit by bit her business is growing. She works Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. She lives in Cuenca, is 53 years old and has been divorced for 20 years. She has 4 children: 3 are married and the youngest is 22 and studies at the university and also works to pay tuition and, where possible to help with household costs. Thanks to Maria's hard work, she has been able to build her own house. This loan will be invested in the purchase of a quintal of sugar, rice and many other supplies that she needs for the preparation of her dishes. Her goal is to get ahead and expand her business.

Tania Anabella is a native of the El Oro province and has lived in Cuenca for 3 years; she came to this city searching for work. Tania Anabella is 38 and lives with her common-law partner with whom she has 4 children who are 18, 15, 10 and 2. Her oldest daughter stays at home helping with the housework; the second and third children study in high school and elementary school respectively. She also cares for her partner's 10 year old child from another union. She is very happy to be 5 months pregnant. They do not have their own home and rent their house. Her partner is a master mason. For two months she has raised chicken in order to obtain income for their home. Previously, she sold spices, traveling to all the stores, but she did not earn much. With this loan, she will pay a bill for the purchase of a plot of land. Her dream is that her children will become professionals.

In this group: Maria Concepcion, Maria Beatriz, Dolores Del Rocio, Maria Trancito, Blanca Elena, Tania Anabella, Jesus Esperanza*, Maria Carmita, Liz Isabel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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