A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy bazaar items.


La Amistad Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

The “La Amistad Centro” (The Friendship Center) Communal Bank is comprised of five women and three men. They are friends and acquaintances who live in the outskirts of the city of Cuenca. This city was named the Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December, 1999. The city has a widely varied gastronomy, which captivates the palate of natives and foreigners. Its people are warm and friendly.

The members of this group are hard-working people who struggle day to day in order to get their families ahead.

Rosa is one of the members of the communal bank. She lives in the outskirts of the city of Cuenca. She is 42 years old and married. She has two children, ages 23 and 18. Her first child, a son, works to cover his personal expenses. Her second child, a daughter, attends a school in the city. Her husband is out of the country. She does not have her own house, so she lives in a rented home.

Rosa has had a bazaar for seven years. She tends this business from Monday through Friday from nine in the morning until seven at night.

This is her first loan with the communal bank, which she was invited to join by a neighbor. She will use the money from the loan to buy items for her bazaar.

In this group: Cruz María, María Rebeca, Rosa Janeth, María Fernanda, Carlos Gilberto, Sergio Ruben, Priscila Katherine*, David Enrique
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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