A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy chickens and guinea pigs. For soft drinks, water, snacks, sweets, etc.

Mujeres Soñadoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres Soñadoras (Women with Dreams) communal bank is a group of 10 women and one man who work in various daily activities that allow them to support their homes and get ahead; they are very cheerful, charismatic people. They live in various parts of Cuenca, which is the country’s third most important city. Its residents are kind, cordial and they maintain their culture and traditions.

Mrs. María Cruz J. is a member of the Mujeres Soñadoras communal bank. She lives along the road to MiraF. in Cuenca. This is her first loan with the communal bank and she was invited by a girl friend who’s a member. She is 55 years old, widowed and has five adult, married children. Four of them live independently and one still lives with her and shares household expenses. She does not own a house; she rents.

Mrs. María Cruz is employed as a domestic employee in several homes. She works half days. She is also a chicken and guinea pig merchant. She has worked at this line of work on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the last two years. Money from her loan will be used to buy more chickens and guinea pigs for her business. Her dream is to have a house of her own.

Mrs. María Carmela P. lives in the Medio Ejido sector in Cuenca. She’s 40 years old, married and has three children who are 23, 21 and 19 years of age. Two of her children are married and live independently and her 21 year old son works and helps with the household economy. Her husband helps her in her business. They do not own a house; they rent.

María Carmela tends to a kiosk and has billiard tables. She has had this business for five years and works from Sunday to Sunday from 8am until 10pm.

This is her second loan with the communal bank and she was invited by a neighbor who is an active member. The money from her loan will be used to buy more products for her kiosk like: soft drinks, water, sweets, snacks, etc. Her greatest dream is to have a house of her own.

In this group: Ana Lucia, Blanca Gladys, Luz Ana, Nelly María, Nuve Rocío, Rosa Victoria, María Cruz, Benito Gonzalo, María Teresa, María Carmela, Nancy Elizabeth

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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