A loan of $2,975 helped a member to buy different kinds of fruits.

Señorcito Del Cautivo (Cuenca) Group's story

The Banco Comunal Señorcito del Cautivo (Imprisoned Lord Communal Bank) is composed of 9 women, the majority of whom engage in trade, always looking for the best way to keep on improving their activities. Being determined women, they are sure the loans will help them making their activities grow. They live in different areas of the town of Cuenca, the third most important city in Ecuador for its architectural beauty, its craftsmanship, its culture and its people.

Ms. Carmen V. lives in the Baños parish. This is the first loan she is requesting through the Communal Bank, to which she was invited by a friend. She is 38 years old, she is married and has 3 children aged 17, 16 and 10. The two older children have a job and economically help facing family expenses, the youngest is a student attending a school in the city; her husband is a laborer. Thanks to hers and her husband’s jobs they have succeed in building themselves a house.

Carmen sells fruits every day in the open market from 8 am to 6 pm, and she has been engaging in this activity for 17 years. She sells every variety of fruit and has her own stall. The loan she is requesting will be used to buy more fruits such as oranges, watermelons, melons, tangerines and so on. Her goal is to complete the second floor of her house to offer better living conditions to her family.

Ms. Elisa Vitoria N. lives in the Crea sector of the town of Cuenca. She is 48 years old, she is married and has 5 adult children: two of them are married and live independently, the other three are single, they have a job and they use their wages for their personal expense. Her husband is a winemaker in a company of the city. They are currently renting as they do not have a house of their own.

Elisa sells fruits in the open market of the town of Cuenca, something she has been doing for 22 years. She has her own stall and she works Sunday to Sunday form 7 am to 6 pm, selling every kind of fruit. This is the first loan she is requesting through this institution, and she was invited by a friend to form part of the Communal Bank. The loans she is requesting will be used to buy more fruits such as pineapples, papayas, oranges and so on. Her dream is to have a house of her own one day.

In this group: Sonia Janet, Lourdes Iliana, Carmen Guillermina, Elisa Victoria, Geovanna Lorena, Eudosia Ermandina, María Del Cisne, Betty Del Rocío, Gabriela Esperanza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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