A loan of $2,825 helped a member buying meat, oil, wooden skewers and a car for sales.


Cristo Del Consuelo (Cuenca) Group's story

The Cristo del Consuelo community bank is comprised of women living in different parts of the city of Cuenca. Cuenca is a city that is well known for preserving its culture and traditions, including the beautiful historical center which was named a World Heritage site as of the first of December 1999. Our members are working women, very focused on small businesses. They are very cheerful and charismatic, and want to improve themselves economically and so move forward with their families.

Señora Esther M. lives in the city of Cuenca. This is her first loan with this community bank, she previously belonged to another community bank. Our member is 25 years old, and is married with 4 children aged 7, 5, and 2 and her youngest child who is only one month old. Her two eldest children study at a school in the city. Her husband is works in construction where he is a master bricklayer. They don't have their own house, so they rent. Doña Esther focuses on selling meat on skewers, known as "chuzos"; she's been doing this for 3 years and was encouraged by her sister to work in this business. She works seven days a week from 8 in the morning until 10 at night. Her loan will go towards the purchase of products like skewers, meat, oils, etc. Her goal is to give her children the best education so they can go far.

Señora María Cristina lives in the parish of Narancay Alto in Cuenca city, she is 29 years old, is married and has a child of 15 months. Her husband is a carpenter by profession. They don't have their own house so they live with their in-laws, although independently. Señora María focuses on washing clothes, but only for people she knows. She also works making "chuzos" (meat on skewers), working Monday through Saturday from four in the afternoon until eight at night. She has been in this line of business for 3 years. This member of the community bank has had three loans and is very grateful to her sister-in-law, who was the one who invited her to be part of this wonderful and optimistic group of women. Her loan will go to the purchase of a new car for selling her product. Her dream is to own her own home.

In this group: Olga Tarcila, Blanca Norma, Elvia Marlene , María Alegría, María Blanca, Gladys Doraliza, María Cristina*, Nira Mery, Esther Amelia, Gloria Elida, María Elisa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack


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