A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy chickens and guinea pigs.

Grupo Juventud (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Grupo Juvenil” (Youthful Group) communal bank is formed by five women and two men who are in a variety of lines of work that allow them to improve the economies of their homes and get ahead with their families. Our members are kind, amiable people who are noted for always having a smile on their lips. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This is the country’s third most important city. It possesses artisanal and cultural wealth and it has a greatly varied cuisine. Its people are kind and amiable.

One of the members of this group is María Cecilia. She’s 40 years old, single and has had three children who are 16, 13 and 11 years old. Her oldest daughter stays home and helps her with housework; her second daughter attends secondary school and the youngest daughter attends the local elementary school. She does not own a house; she rents.

María Cecilia works as a private employee, an activity she’s had for 18 years. She works Sunday to Sunday all day.

This is her first loan with the communal bank and she will use it to buy chicks and guinea pigs to start a business raising and selling these animals. Her dream is to travel to the United States.

In this group: María Trancito, Alejandrina, Eliana Del Rocio, Claudia Johana, Bolivar Wilfrido, Saul Gonzalo, María Cecilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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