A loan of $4,300 helped a member to purchase ceramics and paints.


El Mirador (Cuenca) Group's story

The El Mirador communal bank is made up by thirteen women and one man. They are all friends and know each other. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. Cuenca has a varied geography, which provides beautiful landscapes to enjoy nature. As a result of its architecture, it has been named as a Cultural World Heritage Site since December 1999. The people are friendly, gentle, and warm-hearted. The members of the communal bank are hard-working people who struggle daily to improve their economic situation and to help their families get ahead. They are enterprising people who work in various activities, both public and private, who still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. One of the members of the communal bank is Nube, who lives in the Don Bosco region of the city of Cuenca. She is twenty-four years old and married. She has a four year old son as a result of her marriage. Her husband works as an Electric Engineer. They do not have their own house, so they rent. Nube makes decorative handicrafts. She purchases ceramic products which she paints and then sells. She has been working this way for six years. She works from Monday to Friday. She likes doing this work, since it is what she studied and she is adept at it. She has been a member of the communal bank for one year, and she will invest her most recent loan by purchasing ceramics and paints to improve her workshop. Her goal is to grow her business.

In this group: Silvia Marlene, Zoila Silvana, María Cecilia, Paola Alexandra, Blanca Elvira, Blanca Esmeralda, Nube Del Rocio, Rosa Hortencia, Patricio Antonio, Miriam Verónica, Mayra Johanna, Martha Irene, Sonia Soledad, Luisa Caytalina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tim O'Reilly


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