A loan of $4,075 helped a member to buy consumer goods.

Alianza Unida (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "Alianza Unida" is comprised of 12 women who are kind, hard workers who struggle to get ahead. Each one of our members works in a different activity which helps support and improve their household economy. They live in different places around the city of Cuenca which is the third largest in the county. Its architecture is a blend of colonial and modern and its people maintain the culture and traditions.

One of the members is Mrs. Wilma who lives in the center of Cuenca. This is her first loan through the communal bank, which her sister invited her to join. She is 39, married and has three children, ages 19, 18 and 13. Two of her children are married and independent and the youngest is in school. Her husband is an industrial mechanic and works in his own shop. Together they have been able to build their own house.

Doña Wilma has been a private sector employee for 11 years and works Monday through Friday. She plans to use the loan to buy consumer goods for the household. Her goal is to finish her home because some things are still missing.

The small photos are of the three members who could not be present for the group picture due to work obligations.

In this group: Flor America, Clemencia Concepción, Carmen Rocio, Margarita Guadalupe, María Auxilio, Rosa Leonor, Olga Maricela, Luisa Amada, Wilma Francisca, María Doraliza, Angelica María, Elsa Sara

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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