A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs, cats.


Mujeres Progresistas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres Progresistas (Progressive Women) communal bank is made up of 9 tenacious, enterprising women who face life with good cheer and seek through their daily work to provide a better future for their children. They live in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third most important. It has a very beautiful, historic city center that is the pride of its residents. Mrs. Jenny T. lives in the Feria Libre sector. She’s 24 years old, divorced and has a 3-year-old daughter. She lives in her parents’ house but independently. Her daughter’s father has taken on the responsibility of providing her with a monthly food allowance. She is involved in two work-related activities. The first is the sale of domestic animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. She sells from Monday through Sunday every day. She has been in this line of work for 4 years. She also attended an academy to study cosmetology and has been a hair stylist for 6 years. She has collaborated with us for 3 years; a girl friend of hers who is a member of the communal bank invited her and she is very grateful to her for this. The new loan will be used to buy more animals so that her business can grow. Her goal is to travel to the United States to study and become a better stylist. Mrs. María H. lives in Cuenca’s San Joaquín sector. For the last two years she has cleaned offices five days a week. She does not have a set schedule because she gets off work when the work is completed. She also raises guinea pigs that she sells when she has to raise money and also uses them for family consumption. She is 28 years old, married and has two children who are 7 and 3 years of age. Her oldest daughter goes to a local school. Her husband works in a hardware store and their effort as a couple has resulted in their being able to build their own house. This is her first loan with the foundation. She was invited by a girl friend who motivated her to avail herself of these small loans. She will use the loan to buy guinea pigs so that her business will grow. Her goal is to build a shed for chickens thus producing additional income.

In this group: Maria Rosa, Jenny Alexandra, Luz Maria, Noemi Piedad, Maria Del Lourdes, Jhanaeth Judid, Maria Livia, Maria Gertrudis, Marcia Marina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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