A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy construction materials.


Las Solitarias (Cuenca) Group's story

The Las Solitarias community bank has 8 members, all women, who work hard day in and day out to make ends meet. Their various businesses allow them to pay household expenses and support their families. They live in different parts of Cuenca, a city known for its cold climate, beautiful architecture and good food. Its warm, friendly people are committed to maintaining the area's traditions and culture. Sra. Mariuxi, 27, is one of the group's members. She lives in Cuenca. She joined the group after being introduced to it by her sister and this is her first loan. Dona Mariuxi is a single mother with 3 children: 9-, 7- and 4-years old, respectively. All the children are in school in the city. She rents the house where they live. Dona Mariuxi makes a living selling all kinds of cosmetics. She started the business a year ago and she works at whatever times she can between Monday and Saturday. She will use this loan to buy construction materials for her house. Dona Mariuxi would like to build a more stable business--a store, perhaps--so that can better watch over her children. The little girl in the photo is the daughter of one of the group's members.

In this group: Carmen Yolanda, Ericka Roxana, Mariuxi Sabina, María Gerardina*, Magdalena Del Rocio, Sandra Mariuxi, Alba Alicia, Jeneffer Carolina
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jere Wiseman


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