A loan of $4,500 helped a member to buy shoes, clothes and home products.

Luz Y Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

Luz y Vida (Light and Life) is a Communal Bank composed of 8 women and 1 man. All the members daily engage in their activities, which allow them to pay for their households’ expense, to provide for their families and to improve their economic conditions. They are nice and gentle people who still maintain and follow their culture and traditions. They live in the outskirts of Cuenca, a town with many places to visit and where it is possible to enjoy natural beauties. Thanks to its architectural beauty, Cuenca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

Gloria Susana is one of the members od this group. She is 44 years old and she is a single mother of 5 children, aged 29, 27, 24, 21 and 19. He first two children have a job and they economically help her, two daughters are married and live independently and her youngest son is attending one of the schools in town. She lives in a rented house as she doesn’t have one of her own.

Gloria Susana has been engaged in selling clothes, shoes and various home products for one years; at the same time, she also breeds hens and “cuyes” (“cuy” is Quechua for Guinea pig), and she sells these animals in her community. She does not work fixed hours, but she works from Sunday to Sunday.

This is her second loan with her Communal Bank; the loan she is requesting will be used to buy shoes, clothes and home products to have a wider variety of products for her customers.

She dreams of having a house of her own.

In this group: María Juana, Narcisa Yolamnda, Gloria Susana , Luvina Clementina, Rosario, Gloria Sabina*, José María, Martha María, María Cruz
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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