A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy meat, sausages, potatoes, vegetables, and small wooden sticks to make pinchos.

Estrella Del Mañana (Azogues) Group's story

The “Estrella del Mañana” (Star of the Morning) communal bank is comprised of five women and one man. They work at different business activities. Their work allows them to help improve the financial situations of their households. They live in the city of Azogues in the Cañar province, the site of the architectural and cultural heritage of Ecuador. Its people are kind and gentle. They maintain the culture and traditions of their towns.

María Angelita is one of the members of this group. She is 46 years old, divorced, and has three children; ages 24, 21, and 14. Her first daughter is married and lives independently. Her second daughter works and helps financially. Her last daughter goes to the city high school. She also has been taking care of a nephew since he was three years old. His is now 15 and goes to high school. She does not have her own house, so she rents where she lives.

María Angelita sells “pinchos” (meat on a little stick), and she has been doing this for nine years. She works Mondays through Saturdays from three in the afternoon until eight at night.

This is her first loan in the communal bank, which a friend invited her to join. She will use the money from the loan to buy meat, sausages, potatoes, vegetables, and small wooden sticks to make the pinchos.

Her dream is to have her own house.

The man in the photo with the gray jacket and cream colored shirt is the husband of one of the members.

In this group: María Angelita, Rosa Amable, Rosa Alejandrina, Alicia De Jesús, María Rosa, Rafael

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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