A loan of $3,025 helped a member to set up a store to sell her crafts.

Señoras De Pumayunga (Cuenca) Group's story

The Señoras de Pumayunga [Women of Pumayunga] community bank is made up of two men and eight women who work every day doing a variety of jobs, either as laborers or at their small businesses. These activities have allowed them to improve economically and improve the lives of their families. They live in the San Pedro del Cebollar area in the city of Cuenca. This city has a cold climate, and has a beautiful historic downtown that is a cultural heritage, with diverse cuisines and hospitable people.

María Isabel Valladares lives in the San Pedro neighborhood in the community of Pumayunga. This is her first loan with the community bank, which she was invited to join by her mother.

She is 26 years old, married, and has a one and a half year old son. Her husband is a driver, and he works driving heavy freight. With both of their hard work, they have built their own house.

María Isabel works making artificial flowers. She learned this craft eight years ago. She used to work for others, but now she works independently and also for others. At her house, she also works raising guinea pigs, rabbits, and chickens, which her family consumes, or she sells in the community.

The loan will be used to set up a store that sells crafts. Her goal to make her store a reality.

In this group: Rosa María, Diana Susana, Carmen Rocío, Digna Isabel, María Manuela, José Florencio, María Rosa Amelia, Gladys Eulalia, Angel Bolivar, María Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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