A loan of $4,575 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, zippers, buttons and construction materials.

Yanaturo Alto (Cuenca) Group's story

The village bank Yanaturo Alto is made up of 12 women who are hardworking, friendly and kind. They work in different activities that allow them to cover their living costs and to make progress for their families. They all live in the city of Cuenca, a World Heritage Cultural Site since 1999, which is bathed by 4 rivers which give their name to Saint Ana of the Four Rivers. The people are friendly and warm-hearted, and they maintain the culture and traditions of their town.

One of the members is Mariana, 57, who is married and has 7 children; five of them are married and live apart, one single son works and helps her financially, and her youngest son is in high school in the city. Her husband is a watchmaker and they live in a home that they own.

Mariana is a seamstress, a trade that she began studying some 28 years ago. She makes all sorts of garments, working from Monday to Saturday without a fixed schedule. Since she works at home she also has time to raise guinea pigs and hogs.

This is her second loan with the village bank and she will use it to buy fabric, thread, zippers and buttons for her workshop, and also to buy construction materials to make some repairs to her house.

Her goal is to have a bigger sewing workshop.

In this group: Esperanza Del Pilar, María Soledad, Silvia Dayana, María Mercedes, Rosario, Vannessa Beatriz, Miriam Catalina*, Mariana De Jesús, Carmen María, María Angeles, Rosa Elvira, María Josefa*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Berghaus

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