A loan of $3,850 helped a member purchase trousers, blouses, T-shirts, and dresses.

Zhullin (Cuenca) Group's story

The Zhullin Communal Bank has 12 members, consisting of both men and women, who live in the community of Zhullin in the city of Azogues. The city is known for a church that sits on top of a mountain where the area was founded. Day after day, the members struggle and work very hard to provide their children a better future.

Sra. Alexandra Elizabeth Córdova lives in the Javier Loyola sector and is receiving her first loan. She was invited by a neighbor to join the Communal Bank. Alexandra Elizabeth has been selling clothing for five months. She generates her sales by traveling throughout the city of Azogues. Her work schedule is from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Sra. Alexandra Elizabeth is 30 years old, single, and has three children (ages 14, 10, and 7). Her oldest child attends high school in the city, while her two younger children are in elementary school. She does not own a home, so she currently lives in a rental property. Her loan will be invested in the purchase of clothing so that her business will be stocked with additional inventory. Her goal is to have her own home.

Sra. María Angelita B. lives in the community of Zhullin. She is 31 years old and has been widowed for 8 months. She has two children, ages 13 and 8. Her oldest child is in high school, while the younger one is in elementary school. María lives in a small cottage on a farm that she monitors. She has been farming for 10 years. Her farm has a space where she raises chickens and guinea pigs to sell whenever she has to cover any household needs. María is returning to the Communal Bank since she had dropped out for a period of time. She says she missed the friends she had made while she was part of the Communal Bank. Her loan will be used to buy chickens so that she can continue her business. María says her goal is to have a house of her own and provide her children with the best education so that they can go far in life.

In this group: Alexandra De Jesus, Rosa Etelvina, Marjorie Marisela, Luz Margarita*, Rosa Maria, Maria Angelita, Alexandra Elizabeth, Jimmy Armando, María Eulalia, Ruth Valeria, Ana Lucia, Veronica De La Nube

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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