A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy soft drinks.

Corazones Unidos (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Corazones Unidos is made up of 5 women and 2 men who have been working mainly in food sales for some years. They are friendly, gentle, and have charisma. They live in Cuenca, a city with a cold climate, which is bathed by 4 rivers and has great natural richness and architecture, and was given the status of World Heritage site in December of 1999. Its people still keep the culture and traditions of their ancestors.

One of the members of this group is Ada, who is 52 years old. She is married and has 9 children. Three of the children are married and living independently, 2 of the children live at home helping in the household chores and her youngest son studies at a small city school. Her husband is a baker and also works in commerce. They do not own their own home and are renting.

Ada works selling chuzos (meat on a stick) on the pathway of her home, doing this activity for 3 years, working from Sunday to Sunday from 4:00PM in the afternoon until 7:00PM in the evening.

This is her first loan that she is asking for at the communal bank and she will invest the loan in buying soft drinks to expand her business by selling them.

As she enjoys cooking her dream is to have a dining facility.

The 2 girls pictured in the photo are daughters of one of the members.

In this group: María Mercedes, Graciela Dolores, Carolina Lissette, Alfonso Marcelo, Federico Guillermo, Ada Jovanny, Cinthia Carolina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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