A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy supplies and construction materials.

Alianza Unida (Cuenca) Group's story

The Alianza Unida communal bank is made up of 11 members working in different businesses which helps them cover household expenses, have economic independence and get their families ahead. These women are friendly, gentile, have great charisma, and maintain the culture and traditions of their people. Our members live in different places in Cuenca, one of the most important cities in the country. In 1999 Cuenca was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural richness and culture and also for its many places to enjoy natural beauty.

One of the members is Vilma, 40, married and with 3 children, 21, 19 and 14. The oldest two work and pay for their own expenses and her youngest son is in school in the city. Her husband is an industrial mechanic who works in his own shop and they live in their own house.

Our members has been a domestic worker for the past 12 years; she works all week on a rotating schedule.

She will use the money to buy supplies for her home and construction materials to make some repairs on her house.

Her goal is to finish her house.
The small photo is of a member who couldn’t be there when the picture of the group was taken.

In this group: Flor Ameríca, Clemencia Concepción, Carmen Rocio, Margarita Guadalupe, María Auxilio, Rosa Leonor, Mónica, Wilma Francisca, María Doraliza, Angelica María, Elsa Sara

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Miriam Palacio

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