A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy more clothing such as pants, shirts, blouses, etc.

Mujeres De Exito (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Mujeres de Éxito (Successful Women) is made up of 8 women that live in the city of Cuenca, a city that is know for it rich culture, the beauty of its old town, its varied gastronomy and the people that make it a charming city. Our members are women that are working hard to improve their economic situations and little by little, with daily sacrifices, they are achieving this.

Señora Raquel Esperanza B. lives in the Jaime Roldós residential area. She has been a member of the communal bank for 3 years. Her household, as well as her business, has benefited greatly from the loans. She has been selling clothing for a living for 7 years. She has a stall in the open market in the city of Azogues. She also sells her merchandise from her home to select customers. She will use the loan to buy more clothing in order to stock and increase her business.

Doña Raquel is 40 years old. She is married and has 9 children, ages 21,20,18,16,13,10, 8, 4 and her last child is barely 10 months old. Her first four children work and help her with the household expenses. Her fifth child studies at an institute in the city and two of her younger children attend school. Her husband works as a private employee. Her goal is to buy herself a vehicle to make her job easier.

Señora María Narcisa D. lives in the Mayancela sector in the city of Cuenca. She is 44 years old and has been divorced for 12 years. She has 3 children, ages 26,24 and 19. All of her children are married and live independently with their families. She doesn't have her own house so she lives with one of her daughters. Señora María has been selling all types of clothing for 6 years now. Everyday she travels around the city to sell her merchandise. A year ago she also started selling Avon cosmetics. She has been a member of the communal bank for 6 years, but because of circumstances she was compelled to leave for a time. She recently rejoined the group. She will use the loan to buy more clothing to stock more merchandise. Her goal is to have a much larger business.

In this group: Raquel Esperanza, María Esther, Susana Gabriela, María Narcisa, Paola Fernanda, María Beatriz, Luz Cornelia*, Julia Victoria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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