A loan of $4,650 helped a member to buy clothing.

Mujeres Luchadoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Mujeres Luchadoras [Fighting Women] is made up of 14 women who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. They are friends and acquaintances that have formed an atmosphere of friendship, solidarity, and mutual support. Each works in different businesses that allow them to generate income for their homes. They are very charismatic, kind, and still maintain the culture and traditions of their people. They live in Cuenca, a city bathed by four rivers which has given it the name Santa Ana of the four rivers [the official name of the city]. Since December 1999 Cuenca has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The climate is cold.

One member of this group is Narcisa. This is the fifth loan she has had with the communal bank. She lives in the area of Cuenca called Monay, she is 41 years old, married, and has four children aged 23, 18, 15, and 7. Her first two children are in university, her third child is in high school, and her last child is in primary school in the city. Her husband is a professional driver and works providing his professional services with his own taxi. The house they live in is their own and is the fruit of their hard work and joint effort.

Besides taking care of her home, Narcisa has been making a living selling clothes for 20 years. She only works on market days and without a fixed schedule. She is also a professional stylist who has studied and has been providing services in a salon on the weekends for the last five years.

This new loan will be used to invest in the purchase of clothing in order to have a greater variety of merchandise and that way, gain more customers.

Her goal is to have her own beauty salon.

The small photo is of a group member that could not be present at the time when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Claudia Soledad, Elizabeth Tamara, María Dolores, Sara Germania, María Alba Narcisa, Mónica Mercedes, Jessica Fernanda*, Sandra Maricela, Rosa Rebeca, Carmen Ramona, Dolores Del Río, Jenny Rocio*, Narcisa Elena, Ligia Marlene
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Annelise Iversen

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