A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy wood and wood stains and to buy animal feed.

El Cruce Hacia El Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

The “El Cruce hacia el Futuro” (Crossroad to the Future) communal bank is composed of 9 women from the same, El Cruce, community which is part of Sinincay parish. Its residents raise farm animals and grow crops for their own consumption; they also go to the city looking for a good job. Our members are hard working women who seek daily to improve their families’ wellbeing and to improve their home’s income through their hard work. They are women who are cheerful and who exhibit this at each communal bank meeting.

Mrs. Jhoanna J. lives around the Malvinas area of Cuenca. She is 19 years old, married a short time ago, and with no children for the time being. Her husband is a carpenter. They do not own their own home. They rent.

Jhoanna runs her own carpentry shop where she has been working for a year. She works in the afternoon because during the morning she tends to her home.

This is her third loan cycle and all previous loans have been used to buy materials. The new loan will be used to buy wood and wood stains for her carpentry.

Her goal is to have a house of her own.

Mrs. María C. lives in El Cruce which is part of Sinincay parish. She is 46 years old, married and has four children who are 28, 24, 14 and 12 years of age. Her oldest son is employed and helps with household expenses. Her second son is married and lives independently. Her youngest two daughters are in school in the city. Her husband is a sculptor. He works in marble and has a shop installed in their home. They own their house.

María has been a member of the communal bank for 5 years. She is a good friend of all the other members. It is a group of women united with a single goal: to continue growing in their businesses.

Our member has raised guinea pigs and chickens for three years. She sells them already dressed in her community.

She will use the new loan she’s getting in the communal bank to buy feed for her animals.

Her goal is to continue growing in her business.

In this group: María Angelita, Johanna Belén, María Del Carmen, Elsa Gladys, Rosa Del Cisne, Janeth Faviola, Mónica Patricia*, Gladys Blanca, Dina Elisa
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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