A loan of $1,775 helped a member to purchase jewellery and cosmetics.

Mujeres Cumbeñas (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujeres Cumbeñas communal bank is made up of 8 tenacious and hardworking women. The members work in different economic activities that allow them to contribute to their household income. They live around the parish of Cumbe in Cuenca—the parish has large cattle ranches, beautiful old estates, and modern buildings that bring some variety to the landscape. The residents of Cumbe make a living from trade, raising livestock, and farming, while many work in the city and are engaged in various economic activities there. The people maintain their culture and traditions, along with their rich and varied cuisine.

One of the members of the group is María Isabel. She is 34 years old, single, and lives with her mother, who makes a living raising livestock and owns the house that they live in.

For 3 years María Isabel has worked cleaning homes and offices for a living. She works all day from Monday to Friday.

This is María Isabel’s first loan with the communal bank, which her sister invited her to join. She is going to use the loan to purchase jewellery and cosmetics so she can begin selling those items.

Her goal is to build her own home.

The children who appear in the photo are the children of two of the members.

In this group: Magali Tania, Ana Cesilia, Piedad Cecilia, María Isabel, María Sarbelia, Norma Marlene, Doris Silvana, Libia Marisol*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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