A loan of $2,475 helped a member to buy fruit, ice-cream making ingredients and a computer.


Las Pauteñitas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Pauteñita communal bank has 10 members, 8 women and 2 men, who struggle daily in their work to improve their home economies. They are very cheerful people who always look at life with optimism. They live in Paute canton which is notable for its mild weather. Most of its residents raise animals and are farmers.

Ana L. is a member of the Pauteñitas communal bank. She lives in Paute canton in the Jardines de Paute neighborhood. This is the first loan she’s negotiated with the communal bank and she was invited to become part of the group by her mother. She is 23 years old, single and lives with her parents who own their house.

Ana is a professional. She’s been a teacher for a year and two months. She teaches in a little school Monday through Friday from 7:30am until noon.

She will use the money from her loan to buy a computer she needs for her work. Her goal is to get her Bachelor’s Degree.

Blanca C. is a member of the Pauteñitas communal bank. She lives in the Uzhuputh neighborhood of Paute canton. She’s 41 years old, married and has 6 children who are 20, 17, 15, 12 and 5 years of age; her youngest child is barely a month old. The oldest three work to meet their personal expenses and got to high school at a distance. Her fourth son is in school and her fifth child is in a local kindergarten. Her husband works in farming. They do not own a house of their own; they live as caretakers on a ranch.

Blanca has cared for this ranch for the last 20 years. She works farming and tending to the gardens. She also manufactures ice-cream and sells fruit at a local school. She’s been in this activity for 18 years and sells from Monday through Saturday.

This is her first loan. She was invited to join the communal bank by a girl friend. She will use the money from the loan to buy fruit and other ice-cream making ingredients. Her dream is to have a house of her own.

In this group: María Transito, Jessica Eva, Gloria Ines, Ana María, María Jesús, Blanca Rosario, Rosa Martha, Angel Vicente*, Juan Bautista, Digna Isabel
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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