A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy food for her household.

Nuevos Senderos (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'Nuevos Senderos' community bank has nine [female] members who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. This city is known for the beauty of its historic center which led to it being named a World Heritage Site in December 1999. The city is surrounded by four rivers and has beautiful places to visit. Our members are women who work in different business activities that allow them to cover their household expenses and provide for their families. They are kind, warm-hearted people who maintain the culture and traditions of their parents.

One of the members of this group is Margarita Azucena. She is 36 years old, married, and has four children who are 21, 20, 11 and 3 years old. Two of her children are studying at university and her two youngest are attending school in the city. Her husband works as a private employee. They do not own their own home but live in rental accommodation.

Margarita Azucena has been working as a private employee at an ice cream wholesalers for seven months. She works from Monday to Saturday, from 11.00am to 6.00pm. During back-to-school seasons, she sells all kinds of educational materials for making crafts.

Margarita Azucena has been a member of her community bank for one year and she will invest this loan in buying food for her household. Her dream is to own her own home.

The small photograph shows a member who could not be present when the group photo was taken. The child in the photo is the son of one of the members.

In this group: Marcela Elizabeth, María Beatriz, Eliana Elizabeth, Blanca Josefina, María Paztora, Elvia Margarita, Karla Estefania, Martha Cecilia*, Margarita Azucena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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