A loan of $3,350 helped a member to purchase chicken, groceries and legumes.

Cristo Del Consuelo (Cuenca) Group's story

Communal Bank Cristo del Consuelo is made up of 8 female members and one male member. All of them work in different activities that allow them to improve their families' livelihoods. They are all very kind, gentle and charismatic people who are always smiling in spite of adversity. They preserve the culture and traditions of their hometowns. They live in different points in Cuenca, a city with a cold weather due to its geographical location. It is also privileged with a stunning natural beauty and since December 1999 has been part of the World's Cultural Heritage. This is a charming city whose culinary arts bedazzle both local and strangers.

María Blanca is one member of this bank. She lives in Tutupali in the outskirts of Cuenca. She is 41, married and with 7 children aged 18, 16, 14, 13, 11, 5 and 3. Her first two children attend school remotely, work and support her financially. Her two next children attend a private school in the city and her 11 year-old son attends a public school in town. Her husband is a construction worker and they live in a house of their own.

María Blanca has been working for 19 years as an entrepreneur in the non-formal sector. She sells vegetables and groceries. She works for Monday to Saturday from 7am to 5 pm and raises guinea pigs and chicken in her house. In spite of being a very busy woman, she always takes care of her household needs.

She has been a member of the Communal Bank for one year and a half and will invest her new loan in the purchase of chicken, groceries and legumes in order to continue her business.

Her goal is to stock her business with fruits and to expand her vegetable offerings.

The small picture shows a member that was not in the meeting when the group picture was taken.

In this group: Gloria Elida, Blanca Norma, María Alegría, Erther Amelia*, Olga Tarcila, Marcos Eduardo, Zoila Aurora, María Blanca, María Enriqueta
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carolina Zuniga

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