A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy natural products and clothing.


Nueva Generación (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'Nueva Generación' community bank has seven [female] members who live in a community in Turi parish, in Cuenca. This parish is known as the viewpoint of the city of Cuenca. The locals raise animals, farm and work in commerce. Our members are friendly, kind, warm-hearted people. Above all, they are tenacious women who work hard every day for the well-being of their households, so that they can provide for their families.

One of the members of this group is 54-year-old Enma. Enma is a widow and has four children from her marriage. Two of her children are married and live independently. She also has two single daughters. One of her daughters is studying at university and the other attends a high school in the city. Enma does not own her own home but lives in rental accommodation.

Enma takes care of her housework and, in order to cover her household expenses, she works as a saleswoman. She has been in her business for four years and works four days a week. She does not work fixed hours. Enma's business is selling clothing and natural products. She makes her sales as an street vendor. She also raises and sells animals, and farms. Some of her harvested crops are for her family's own consumption and some are sold on the market.

Enma has been a member of her community bank for three years. She will invest her new loan in buying natural products and clothing so that she can continue in her business. Her dream is to own her own home.

The small photo is of a member who was not able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Lourdes Catalina, Claudia Silvana, Karla Valeria, María Isolina, Janeth Rocio, Rosa Lucinda, Enma Beatriz

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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