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A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy foodstuffs/To start raising pigs.

Futuro De Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

The Futuro de Vida (Life’s Future) communal bank has 11 female members that are in various activities designed to improve the economies of their homes and to get ahead in life thus providing a good example for their children. They live in various parts of Cuenca, a city known for the four rivers that bathe it, the architecture of its churches, its gastronomy and its residents who are characteristically kind and cordial.

Mrs. María G., 28, lives in Cuenca. She’s married and has a 6-month-old son. Her husband is employed in an aluminum and glass workshop. María is employed as a Secretary at an aluminum and glass workshop. She works from Monday through Friday from 8am until 6pm. At night she works from home selling fast food from Monday through Sunday. She sells hamburgers, hotdogs and fried potatoes.

This is the first loan she’s taken in the communal bank; she was invited to join by a girl friend. The funds will be used to buy ingredients to prepare her products. Her goal is to grow and get ahead with her business.

Mrs. Rosa I. lives in the Empresa Eléctrica neighborhood. This is her second loan with the communal bank. She likes it because she can be with her friends and get out of her usual routine. She works at a home where senior citizens are cared for doing domestic chores. She works whenever she’s needed and has been doing this for five years.

Rosa is 29 years old and a single mother of six children who are 14, 13, 9, 7, and 2 years old and a baby who is a few months old. Her oldest two children go to high school in the city, her third and fourth children are in school. She does not own her house; she rents.

She will use the loan to start a business raising pigs. Her goal is to be a good mother to her children and to give them everything she can so that they will do well.

In this group: Rosa Angela, María Concepción, Sandra Elizabeth, Diana Elizabeth*, Livia Natividad, María Juana *, María De Lourdes, María Benedicta, Silvia Yolanda Del Rocio, Nancy Lorena, Laura Victoria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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