A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy meat, potatoes, green plantains, oil, sausages, onions, pimentos, wood sticks, etc.

Buscando El Exito (Cuenca) Group's story

Eleven women who are friends and neighbors established the “Seeking Success” Community Bank. They work in different businesses, but all the business help them to economically support their homes and progress with their families. They are friendly and cordial people. They live in different places in Cuenca City, a city very sophisticated and full of traditions. They city has a variety of cuisine and it is also known for its great poets and athletes.
Mrs. Rosa lives in the outskirts of Cuenca. She is 55 years old, separated from her husband and has six children ages 33, 30, 26, 24, 17, 15. Three of her children are married and independent. Her second son is single, works, and helps her economically. Her last two children attend high school in the city. They don’t have their own home. They lease a house.
For the past six years Mrs. Rosa has been selling brochettes (meat on a stick) and roasted plantains. She works from Monday to Saturday but she doesn’t have a fixed schedule. She also cleans houses and washes clothes.
This is her fourth loan with the community bank. She was invited by her niece to be part of the bank. The money from the loan will be used to buy meat, potatoes, green plantains, oil, sausages, pimentos, wood sticks, etc. She wants to increase and grow her business.
Her goal is to have a store.
In the photo there is a boy that is dressed in a black sweater with red sleeves. This is the son of one of the members. The other children also belong to the members.

In this group: Bertha Rufina, Nancy Yolanda, Gricelda María, Jessica Nataly, Marisol Alexandra, Rosa María, Miraim Johanna*, María Isabel, Alexandra Angelita, Meriuxi Alexandra, Carmen Piedad
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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