A loan of $5,300 helped a member to buy foodstuffs.

El Cruce Hacia El Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

The “El Cruce Hacia el Futuro” (Crossroad to the Future) communal bank has 12 members who live in Sinicay Parish located northeast of the city of Cuenca. This parish has many places to visit. Its residents raise animals, farm and also work in commerce. The members are enterprising women who are always looking for ways to improve their economy and move their families forward. They feel very proud for still preserving the native culture and traditions.

One of this group’s members is Mónica Jesenia, 34. She’s married and has two children who are 17 and 14 years old and are attending a local secondary school. Her husband is a merchant selling various products and they own the house they live in.

Mónica Jesenia works tending to her store, an activity she’s had for four years. She works Sunday through Sunday from 7am until 9pm and also finds time to care for her family.

She’s been a communal bank member for 15 years and will use her new loan to buy foodstuffs to continue stocking her store. Her goal is to make her store grow more and to have a bazaar and stationery shop.

In this group: María Angelita, Elsa Gladys, Rosa Del Cisne, Mónica Patricia, Diana Noemi, Mónica Jesenia, Zoila Encarnacion, Jenny Elizabeth, María Del Carmen*, María Eugenia, Gladis Blanca*, Narcisa Milena
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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