A loan of $5,450 helped a member to buy clothing.


Divino Niño Jesús (Cuenca) Group's story

The community bank Divino Niño Jesús is made up of 14 members who live throughout the city of Cuenca (a city which has been listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO since December 1999). The city has a cold climate and its geographical location makes it special, as it offers a variety of places to enjoy nature. It is a city rich in culture and traditions, with varied gastronomical offerings. The people there are friendly and gentle like the members of this group: women who work daily to improve their economic situation for their families. They work at different economic activities like business and agriculture, which maintain the culture and traditions of their towns. One of the members of this group is Nancy Beatriz. She is 26 years old and is the single mother of three children ages 10, 6 and 4. Her first two children study in a small school in the city. She does not have her own house, so she rents. Nancy Beatriz is in charge of the chores of her home. She helps her family get ahead through her business selling a variety of clothing. She works seven days a week without a fixed schedule and she sells her merchandise across the city. She has been working at this business for three years. This is the first loan that she has requested through the community bank, at the invitation of a friend and neighbor. She is going to invest the loan in the purchase of clothing in order to increase her inventory. Her dream is to have a boutique.

In this group: Dellys Andrea, Silvia Monserrath, María Verónica, Andrea Priscila, Alexandra Valeria, Blanca Leonor*, Mariana Del Rocio, María Esperanza, María Victoria, Matilde Emperatriz, María Cruz, Nancy Marlene, Ana Leticia, Nancy Beatriz
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Wong


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