A loan of $5,750 helped a member to purchase corn, eggs, salt, olive oil and other provisions.

Cuencanitas (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank "Las Cuencanitas" is comprised of 6 female partners and 1 male partner. They live in various areas of the town of Cuenca, which has been a World Cultural Heritage site since December 1999. The architecture of Cuenca is a mix between colonial and modern, and its traditions make it a special town. Its people are friendly and kind, as are our partners, who are hardworking women. They're in various lines of work that allow them to pay for their household expenses and get themselves and their families ahead, all the while keeping the culture and traditions of their people.
One of the members of this group is Dolores. She lives in the central area of the town of Cuenca. She's 44 years old and separated from her husband. From her marriage she conceived three children aged 27, 18 and 16. Her oldest son works and studies, her second daughter is married and lives an independent life, and her youngest son attends one of the town's schools. She doesn't own a house of her own, so she rents.
Dolores dedicates herself to her household chores and she's also been selling "mote choclo" (boiled corn), a typical dish of that region, for many years. She learned to prepare this dish when she was young, since her parents were in this line of work. She works from Monday through Saturday and she sells her product by traveling across town.
Our partner has been a member of the communal bank for 10 years. She will use her new loan to purchase corn, eggs, salt, olive oil and other provisions in order to keep her business going.
Her biggest dream is to have her children become good professionals.

In this group: Mónica Jhanina, Yaymi Johanna, Dolores , Arturo, Saida Patricia, Teresa Del Rocio, Jessica Carmen

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Renata Wolff

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details