A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy chickens and basic staple items.

Nuevos Senderos (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Nuevos Senderos” (New Paths) communal bank has ten members living in various parts of the city of Cuenca. This city is noted for its cold climate. It’s been a World Heritage Site since 1999. It has many tourist attractions, a varied cuisine that captivates the palates of all who visit and its residents keep the culture and traditions of its peoples. The members are kind, agreeable and hardworking; they carry out various activities that allow them to cover household expenses and support their families.

One of the members is Martha. She lives in Paccha Parish in Cuenca. She’s 29 years old, married and has had three children who are 12, 10 and 8 years old. Her oldest son is in secondary school and the two little ones go to a local little elementary school. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. The house she lives in is hers.

Martha’s works as a domestic employee; she’s had this job for three years and works all day Monday through Friday. At home she raises chickens and guinea pigs and also has had a small store for the last year.

She’s in her second loan with the communal bank and will use it to buy chickens and basic staples to stock her store. Her goal is to enlarge the store.

In this group: María Paztora, Martha Cecilia, Elvia Margarita, María Beatriz, Blanca Josefina*, Ana Gabriela, Deysi Mariana, Marcela Elizabeth, Eliana Elizabeth, Margarita Azucena*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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