A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy supplies.

Racar Bajo (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Racar Bajo” communal bank is made up of three gentlemen and five women, most related to each other, who work together making bricks and tiles, a craft they learned from their parents and grandparents. They live on the outskirts of Cuenca, a city known for its natural beauty, its architecture, food, culture, and for the traditions of its people, who are very friendly and have warm hearts.

Delia is one of the bank’s members and lives in the Racar sector of Cuenca. She is 29 years old, married, and has four children, ages 9, 8, 6, and 4. Her three oldest daughters attend the little school in the city. Her husband works making tiles. They don’t have a home of their own, but live with her mother and share the household expenses.

Delia has been working in mother’s bricks and tile workshop since she was 13 years old. She works Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. She also raises hogs and chickens.

This will be her second loan through the communal bank and she will use the money to buy clay for manufacturing bricks and tiles. Her goal is to have her own home and livestock.

In this group: Zoila Paulina, Delia Elizabeth, Julio Santiago, Milton Patricio, Mayra Liliana*, Segundo Gerardo, Aida María, Guadalupe Del Rocio
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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