A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy chickens and Yanbal brand cosmetics.

Turi Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "Turi Centro" is formed by a group of 11 tenacious women who work very hard to provide for their families. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This is a beautiful city that is known for its churches, its historic center, the four rivers that surround the city, its varied cuisine, and especially for its people.

María Lastenia I. lives in the Turi neighborhood. She is 49 years old, married, and has 6 children aged 32, 30, 25, 22 and 19 years of age. Four of her children are married and live independently. Her 25 year-old daughter works and helps her economically and her 19 year-old son studies in school. Her husband paints houses. They live in their own home, which the couple managed to build with a lot of sacrifice.

Maria is in charge of the household chores and also raises domestic animals such as chickens and guinea pigs. She has taken loans from the communal bank for 3 years. With the new loan from the FUNDACION ESPOIR, she will invest in the purchase of chickens. Her dream is to have a sewing machine.

Blanca Esperanza A. lives in the Don Bosco neighborhood. She carries out the household chores, but also would like to start a business selling Yanbal brand cosmetics. This is the first loan she is taking from the communal bank; it was her sister who motivated her to become part of this group of women who are determined to succeed. She will use the loan from the FUNDACION ESPOIR to buy Yanbal products. Blanca is 40 years old, and lives with a partner. She has 2 children aged 22 and 20 years; her children are economically independent and live outside the country. Her husband is a farmer. The house that they live in is not their property; they are renting. Her dream is to travel to New York.

In this group: María Eufemia , Ruth Isabel, Carmita Lucía, María Zoila , Gladis Esperanza*, Blanca Esperanza, Elisabeth Patricia, María Lastenia, Carmelina , Diana Esthela, María Luisa
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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