A loan of $4,025 helped a member to buy construction supplies.


Yanaturo (Cuenca) Group's story

The Yanaturo community bank is made up of 11 women who work in different business activities which have enabled them to contribute to their household finances and get their families ahead in life. The ladies are very kind and friendly people who live in Yanaturo district, in the city of Cuenca. Cuenca is the third most important city in the country and is a mixture of colonial and modern. It has a wide-ranging cuisine and its people maintain their culture and traditions.

Rosa lives in Yanaturo community, in the city of Cuenca. She is 32 years old, married, and has four children aged 9, 8, 7 and 4. Her eldest three children attend a local elementary school. Her husband is a construction worker. Through their joint work, they have managed to build their own home.

Rosa works as a cleaner, cleaning other people's homes. She has been in this business for six months and works from Monday to Friday. She only works half days as she spends the rest of her time looking after her children and her house.

Rosa will invest her loan money in buying construction supplies so that she can do some work on her house. She is applying for her sixth loan through her community bank and she is one of the bank's founding members.

Rosa's goal is to finish off her house and set up a business there.

The small photos attached to the main group photo are those of two members who, for work reasons, couldn't be present when the group photo was taken. They are photos of María José and María Aquilina. The three children in the photo belong to the members.

In this group: Esperanza Del Pilar, María Soledad, Sylvia Dayana, María Angeles, María Mercedes, María Aquilina, María José, Rosario, Rosa Elvira, Zoila Targelia, Zoila Targelia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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