A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy blankets and quilts.

Tres De Noiviembre (Cuenca) Group's story

The 3 de Noviembre communal bank is comprised of 12 members who live in the Cumbe parish in the city of Cuenca. The city has a mountainous terrain and a cold climate. It is bathed by four rivers, which gift us with beautiful scenery to enjoy nature. The parish center is a mixture of colonial and modern architecture. The people are kind and very hard-working. They make a living in agriculture, livestock breeding, and many people work daily in the city or have migrated to other countries looking for a better future for their families.

One of the members of this group is María Cumanda. She is 27 years old, married, and has two children, ages six and two. Her oldest daughter goes to a local school. Her husband works as a security guard. They do not have their own house, so they live in an independent manner in her mother’s house.

María Cumanda devotes herself to the household chores and the care of her children because they are still little. However, in order to help her husband with the household expenses she sells blankets and quilts. She has been engaged in this business activity for two years, and she works during her free time and on the week-ends.

This is her third loan with her communal bank. She will use it to buy blankets and quilts in order to continue with the business. Her goal is to make her business bigger and to have her own place.

In this group: María Rosa Marina, Deyci Beatriz, Rosario, María Cumanda, María De Los Dolores, Julia María, María Auxiliadora, María Etelvina, Ana Lucia, Luz Bertha, Digna Eulalia, Ana Lourdes

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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