A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy accessories, phone card recharges, and phone cards.

Cumbe Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

Cumbe Centro Communal Bank is made up of six women and one man, members who work daily in various activities that allow them to pay for their household expenses. They are kind people with warm hearts. They live in the rural parish of Cumbe, which is to the south of the city of Cuenca and has a cold climate. In the vicinity there are huge pastures of cattle ranches, haciendas, and modern constructions that preserve part of their traditional architecture. The people there work raising animals, in agriculture, and in trade, and they preserve the culture and traditions of their communities.

One of the members of this group is Nataly. She is 23 years old and married, and has a five-year-old child from her marriage. Her husband works in his own business. The house in which she lives is her property.

For five years Nataly has worked with her husband in her own business. They have a call center with telephone booths, Internet, and sales of telephone accessories. They work from Sunday to Sunday from 8 in the morning until 9 at night.

She has been in the communal bank for two years, and she is going to invest her new loan in buying accessories, phone card recharges, and phone cards for her business.

Her goal is to grow in her business.

The small attached photo is of one of the members who could not be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Targelia, Martha Verónica, Nataly Vanessa, Dorix Lourdes, Andrea Priscila, Cesar Gerardo, Irma Sonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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