A loan of $3,850 helped a member to purchase a hog and feed for all the animals. Also, to purchase flowers, pots, etc.

Virgen De Bronce (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Virgen de Bronce is made up of 11 members. They are all women with a good sense of humor that strive day after day to give their families a better future. They live in the Virgen del Bronce neighborhood in the city of Cuenca. This city is known for its natural beauty, its historic downtown, its people and its cuisine.

Señorita Sonia B. lives in the Virgen del Bronce neighborhood. She is 31 years old, single and has a 21 month old daughter. She lives with her parents who have their own house. This is her third loan and she has a good rapport with all the members of the communal bank. Señorita Sonia is a stylist, but at the moment she is not pursuing her profession. She has been raising pigs for the last 3 years. She buys pigs, raises them for a time and then sells them. With this loan she will buy a pig and feed for all her animals. Her goal is to have a beauty parlor so she can pursue career.

Señora Narcisa T. lives in the Virgen del Bronce neighborhood. She is 44 years old, married and has 3 children ages 22, 18 and 13. Her oldest daughter works as a seamstress, her second daughter is a university student and her youngest daughter is in high school. Her husband works as a craftsman and because of their joint work efforts they are building their own house. Doña Narcisa is also an artisan and makes bases for flowers and has a flower shop. She arranges rooms for all types of social events such as weddings, birthdays, etc. She works everyday and doesn't have a fixed schedule. This is her sixth loan with the communal bank. The loans have been a big help to her business. With this loan she will buy materials to make flower arrangements. Her goal is to finish her house.

In this group: Susana Natalia, Narcisa De Jesús, María Eugenia, Blanca Magdalena, María Dolores, Ximena Del Rocío*, Mercy Marlene, Sonia Monserrate*, Gabriela Tatiana, Nanci Zusana, Mercedes Aurora

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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