A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy cosmetics.

Pan De Azúcar (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Pan de Azúcar" ["Sugarloaf"] communal bank is made up of 6 women and one man, who live in the city of Cuenca, the capital of Azuay province. Cuenca is known as the "Athens of Ecuador" and as the country's cultural city. Cuenca is also a city with a high level of handicraft production. Its people are friendly, warm and polite, as are our members, who work at various activities which allow them to supplement or cover the expenses of their households.

One of the members of this group is Jesenia, who is 19 years old. She is married and as yet has no children. Her husband works as a private employee. They do not have a house of their own, so they live in rented quarters.

Jesenia works selling cosmetics from a catalog. She has done this work for 4 years. She works from Sunday to Sunday without fixed working hours.

She is in her second loan cycle with the communal bank, and she will invest the loan in buying cosmetics to expand her stock of merchanadise.

Her goal is to finish her secondary education.

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

In this group: Nanci Violeta De Jesús, Jenny Beatriz, Ligia Irene, Jessenia Paulina, Libia Beatriz*, Mery Carmita, Gerardo Xavier

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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