A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy keyboards, a mouse, printer ink, etc.

Mujeres Progresistas (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Mujeres Progresistas (Progressive Women) consists of 6 women and 2 men, who are kind and very hard-working. They work in different activities that permit them to support their households and help their families advance. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This city is knows for the beauty of its rivers and its natural surroundings, its customs and traditions of its people, and its gastronomic variety.

Señora Marcia lives in the center of the city of Cuenca. This is the fourth loan that she has obtained through the communal bank, to which she was invited by a friend who is a member of the bank. She is 42 years old, is married, and has children who are 19, 17, 15, and 2 years old. Her oldest son is disabled, and the next two children study at a city high school. Her husband is a professional driver and works for a private company. They do not have their own house, so they rent.

Doña Marcia's work is decorating sites for all types of social events. She has been doing this for 3 years, and she learned to do it using her own talent. She also has an internet and telephone booth business. She works there every day without a fixed schedule. She is going to invest her loan in the purchase of accessories for her business site such as a mouse, keyboards, printer ink, etc. Her dream is for her family to have their own house.

The little photo attached in the corner is one of the members who, because of his work, was not able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Rosa, Jhanaeth Judid, María Libia, Marcia Marina, Noemi Piedad, David Alejandro*, Marco Vinicio, Martía Gertrudiz
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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