A loan of $3,150 helped a member buy a cart and implements for hairdressing.

Mujeres Divinas ( Cuenca ) Group's story

The “Mujeres Divinas” (Divine Women) Communal Bank is comprised of ten women who struggle day to day to improve their home finances. This is reflected in their work. They live in the city of Cuenca. It is known for being the third most important city in Ecuador. Its four rivers, its food, and its people make this city one of the best in the country.

Esther M. lives in the city of Cuenca. She is in her fourth loan cycle with the Espoir Fundación. The loans have benefited her business. She makes snacks. She works everyday from Sunday to Sunday. She started her business three years ago. Her mother, who works in the same business, motivated her.

Our member is 25, married, and has three children. They are six, four, and two years old. The first two children are in school. She is eight months pregnant. Her husband works in the area of construction. They do not have their own house, so they rent where they live. She will use the new loan to buy another cart. That way she will, little by little, be growing in her business. Her goal is to give her children the best education so that they will go far when they are grown.

Adriana Sánchez lives in the Santa María de Sayausi community. This is her first loan. She was motivated by a great friend to become part of this group of united and supportive women. She is 18 years old. She is a single mother, and her daughter is five months old. She does not have her own house, so she lives in her parents’ house. They share expenses. Her parents do not have their own house, so they rent.

Our member has a beauty salon work station. She is just starting with it; she has been working there for two months. She learned everything in a beauty academy. She will use the loan to buy implements for her station. Her goal is to grow in her business because she still needs a lot.

In this group: Carmen Brecilda, Mariana De Jesus, Mayra Cristina, Maria Emilia, Flor Beatriz, Zoila Aurora, Esther Amelia, Gloria Elida, Adriana Alejandra, Maria Eugenia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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