A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy clothing and shoes.

Azogueñitas (Azogues) Group's story

The Azogueñitas community bank has nine members who live in different parts of the city of Azogues which is known as the 'Obrera del Sur' (Worker of the South). Azogues is a small city whose architecture has been preserved through time. The local people farm, raise animals and make handicrafts. They maintain the culture and traditions of their ancestors. The members of this bank are kind women who work in different business activities which allow them to improve their household finances and provide for their children.

One of the members of this group is María Transito who is 50 years old, married, and has five children from her marriage who are 30, 24, 22, 16 and 11 years old. Her third child is studying at university, her fourth is in high school and her youngest is attending elementary school in the city. Her husband is a salesman and the house in which they live is their own,

María Transito has been a saleswoman for 20 years. She travels to different parts of the country to buy merchandise such as clothing, footwear, pottery, etc. which she later sells in her city. She also has a store where she works from Sunday to Sunday. She does not work fixed hours. In her free time she farms.

María is a founding member of her community bank and she will invest her new loan in buying clothing and shoes for her business. Her goal is to turn her store into a mini-market.

n.b. The small photo is of a member who wasn't able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Transito, Blanca Rosario, Bertha Maruja, Luz Mercedes, Nube De Jesús*, Mercy Catalina, María Dolores, Martha Beatriz, María Luz
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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