A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy Omnilife products and variety store products.

Mujeres En Expansión (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres en Expansión [Women in Expansion] community group is made up of 11 women and 2 men who are friends and neighbors. They work in different activities that allow them to get ahead financially and help their families. They live in the city of Cuenca, which is the third most important city in the country, It has a great natural beauty that is enchanting to its own people and to visitors alike. The people are kind and cordial.

Mrs. Sania Isabel P. lives in downtown Cuenca. She is 30 years old and separated from her husband 2 years ago. She has 3 children, aged 11, 9 and 7. They go to a city school. Her husband works as a bricklayer. They do not own their own home and are renters.

For 4 months, Sania Isabel has sold Omnilife brand natural products. She has no set schedule and works from Monday through Friday. This is the first loan that she has taken out the community bank and she was invited by a friend who also sells this product. She will invest the money from the loan in buying Omnilife products. Her goal is to grow her business.

Mrs. Tania Lorena Z. lives in the Arenal Alto sector of the city of Cuenca. She has been in the community bank for 2 years. She is 28, divorced, and has one 13 year old son who goes to a city high school. She lives with her mother, with whom she shares household expenses. Her mother owns her own home.

Tania Lorena is a merchant. She runs a variety store and has done this for 4 years, working from Sunday to Sunday. She learned sewing when she was 12 years old and now she also works in a a shop for half a day from Monday through Saturday. She divides her time between the two jobs. The money from the loan will be invested in buying more items for her variety store. Her goal is to have her own vehicle.

In this group: María Isolina, Teresa De Jesús, Marcia Susana, Rosa Lucinda, Enma Beatriz, Rodrigo Eugenio, Janeth Rocío , María Rosario, Luis Antonio, Sania Isabel, Gloria Priscila, Claudia Silvana, Tania Lorena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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