A loan of $2,600 helped a member to buy clothing, shoes and toys.

Las Comerciantes (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank of Las Comerciantes is comprised of nine women who live in different areas of the city of Cuenca, known officially as Santa Ana de los Ríos, in the southern part of the Republic of Ecuador and the capital of the province of Azuay. Its people are kind and warm-hearted, and maintain the typical gastronomy which is considerably varied. Their customs and traditions win over the hearts of its visitors.

One of the members of this group is Norma, who is 39 years old, married and has three children, ages 21, 8 and 2. Her eldest son works and helps out economically. Her middle son goes to the local school. Her husband works in construction as a bricklayer. The house they live in belongs to her father.

Norma is a merchant and sells clothing, shoes and toys. She has been in business for 16 years and has a wide range of merchandise. She only works on holidays and spends the rest of her time dedicated to the family.

The member has been in the communal bank for two years and this new loan will be used to buy clothing, shoes and toys.

Her goal is to pay off her debts.

In this group: Norma Catalina, Miriam Marlene, Ana Lucia, Erika Catalina, Gerardina, Transito Guadalupe, María Dolores, Mónica Beatriz, Isabel Valeria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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