A loan of $1,775 helped a member buy pants, blouses, t-shirts/rice, sugar, oil, and eggs, etc.


Futuro De Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Futuro de Vida” (Future of Life) Communal Bank is a group formed by eight women. They struggle day to day to help their families. With their daily work they are, little by little, accomplishing that. They hope that with the loans they will grow more in their businesses. They live in the city of Cuenca; which is known for its beautiful architecture, the four rivers that surround it, the historical center that was named “Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad” (Cultural Heritage of Humanity), its cuisine, and the warmth and friendliness of its people. Laura Victoria M. lives in the Miraflores sector of the city of Cuenca. This is her first cycle. Her Goddaughter was the one who invited her to be part of this group of women who struggle day to day for their families. She is 50 years old, married, and has four children. The children are 21, 20, 19, and 13 years old. Her first child is married and lives independently. Her last three children go to a school in their city. Her husband works in a carpentry shop. With the couples’ work they have managed to build their own house. She has her own vending stand, and she works there from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Monday through Sunday without taking even one day off. She will use the loan to buy clothes to stock her merchandise a bit more. Her goal is to make her stand bigger and to stock her business more. Silvia Yolanda L. lives in a beautiful sector of the city of Paraíso. She is 43 years old, married, and has two children. Her children are 25 and 22 years old, and they are married and live independently. Her husband is a carpenter. Through his activity and her work they have managed to have their own house. Silvia Yolanda has had her store for six months. She works there from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Sunday to Sunday. This is her first loan. She was invited by a friend. The loan is to buy supplies to stock her store. Her goal is to grow in her business.

In this group: Rosa Angela, María Concepción, Sandra Elizabeth, Diana Elizabeth, Livia Natividad, Maria Benedicta, Silvia Yolanda Del Rocio, Laura Victoria
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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