A loan of $5,075 helped a member to purchase fruit.

El Cruce Hacia El Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

El Cruce hacia el Futuro Communal Bank is made up of 10 members who live around Sinicay Parish, located 8 km. from Cuenca. The inhabitants of the parish have taken advantage of the natural resources such as clay, using it since colonial times as primary material in roof tiles and bricks. The people work in agriculture, animal raising, trade and many other jobs in the city. Our members work every day in different jobs that enable them to contribute to the upkeep of their households. They characterize themselves as hardworking, friendly and charismatic women.

Sra. Zoila is one of the members of this group. She is 32 years old and separated from her husband. However she had 4 sons from this union. They are 18 and 7 years of age, with the youngest twins, who are 1 and a half years old. Her oldest son works and helps her financially and her second son attends a little school in in the city. She lives with her parents and shares household expenses with them.

Zoila has been employed as a caretaker for the elderly for a year and a half and works from Monday to Friday, from 8 in the morning until 8 at night. On weekends, she works at a market in the city selling fruit and she has had this business for 6 months.

This is her first loan from the communal bank. She was invited to join it by her mother. She will invest her loan in the purchase of fruit.

Her dream is to have her own home.

In this group: María Angelita, Elsa Gladys, Rosa Del Cisne, Mónica Patricia, Diana Noemi, Zoila Encarnación, Jenny Elizabeth*, María Del Carmen, Gladis Blanca, Narcisa Milena
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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