A loan of $2,550 helped a member to purchase cosmetics and supplies for a fast food business such as bread, meat, sausages, potatoes, sodas, and other items.


Fuerza Trabajadora (Cuenca) Group's story

The Communal Bank “Fuerza Trabajadora” (Workforce) consists of nine women and one man who work in different activities such as trade, agriculture, livestock breeding, and other businesses that enable them to improve their household finances. The members are enterprising individuals who always approach life in a positive manner. They live in Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. Cuenca has many tourist attractions where its natural beauty can be admired.


Sra. Nora S. lives in the District of Todos Santos in the city of Cuenca. She is 33 years old, in a common law marriage, and has three children (ages 14, 13, and 4). The first child is in high school, the second child attends a school in the city, and the last child is in pre-kindergarten. Her husband works as a waiter. They do not own a home, so they live in a rental property.


Doña Nora sells fast food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, and other items. She has been in this business for four years and works Monday through Saturday, but only in the afternoons. Nora has also been selling cosmetics from the Yanbal line for five years. In her cosmetics business, she does not have specific days or an established schedule by which she works.


This is the first loan she is receiving from the Communal Bank after being invited by her sister, who is also an active member. The money from her loan will be invested in the purchase of cosmetics and supplies for her fast food business such as bread, meat, sausages, potatoes, sodas, and other items.


Her dream is to have her own home.

In this group: Libia Graciela, Rosa Clotilde, Daniela Verónica*, Erika Gabriela, Mónica Tatiana, Guillermina De Lourdes, Ines Victoria*, Ketty Maribel, Wilson Ivan, Nora Teolinda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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