A loan of $5,625 helped a member to buy yarn, cosmetics and clothes.

Buscando El Exito (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Buscando el Éxito” (Seeking Success) communal bank is composed of 12 members who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca, a city with a cold climate that’s the country’s third most important economically. Since December, 1999, it’s been a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and it has many places to visit. Its residents are warmhearted and they preserve the culture and traditions of its peoples. The members are tenacious women who live day to day in their work doing it the best way possible to get ahead and provide their families with better quality of life.

One of the members of this group is Natividad, 57. She’s a widow and has five children who are all now married adults living on their own. The house she lives in is her property.

Natividad has been selling various products like clothes and brand name cosmetics for three years. She works going from place to place Monday through Friday with no fixed schedule. She also makes shawls to sell.

This is the first loan she’s taken in the communal bank and she will use it to buy yarn to make the shawls, cosmetics and clothes to have a larger variety of products to offer her customers. Her dream is to visit the United States.

The small photo is of one of the members who was unable to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Bertha Rufina, Nancy Yolanda, Alexandra Angelita, Gricelda María, Jessica Nataly, Rosa María, Mirain Johanna, Miriam Patricia, Marisol Alexandra, Nancy Imelda, Natividad Mariana, Carmen Piedad

Translator profile picture

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details