A loan of $2,000 helped a member to buy cooking pots.

Guardianas De La Fé Cuenca Group's story

The “Guardianes de la Fé” comunal bank is made up of 4 women and 4 men who live in different areas of the city of Cuenca. This city is known as the Santa Ana of the Four Rivers; this name comes from the four rivers that flow through it. This city is very cultured and has a great variety of food. It’s people are friendly and charismatic, as are our members, who work in different businesses that allow them to contribute economically to their households and help their families get ahead.

One of the members of the group is Blanca, who lives near the city of Cuenca. She is 45 years old, married, and has 5 children. Three of them are married and independent. Her 19 year-old son is doing his military service and then he will go to university. Her 6 year-old son is studying in a school in the city. Her husband works as a bread maker in his own store. They do not have their own house so they rent.

Blanca sells food. She has been doing this work since she was 17 years old. She has her own place and works from Monday to Saturday without a set schedule.

This is her first loan with the communal bank, which she was invited to join by her son-in-law. She will use this loan to buy cooking pots.

Her dream is to travel to the United States.

In this group: Rosa Flor, Manuel Jesus, María Antonia, Manuel Alberto, Luz Margarita, Blanca Georgina, José Adolfo, Carlos Gerardo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details