A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy school supplies.


Niño De Praga (Cuenca) Group's story

The Niño de Praga communal bank is comprised of eight women who live in different places in the city of Cuenca. It is a captivating city because of its colonial and modern beauty, the warmth of its people, and for its varied gastronomy. It has diverse places to enjoy and to spend pleasant moments leaving behind the daily work routine. Its people are warm and kind. Their best quality is that they are very hard-workers. They work every day in their different business activities as proprietors of their own businesses or as employees. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their villages.

Irma is one of the members of this group. This is her first loan in the communal bank, which a friend invited her to join. She is 26 years old, and she is in a common-law marriage. She has a seven year old son who goes to a city school. Her husband works as a public employee, and they live in their own house.

Irma works every day as a private employee. She works Mondays through Saturdays from nine in the morning until five in the afternoon. She devotes the rest of her time entirely to her family.

She will use the loan to buy school supplies for her son because it is close to the time for him to start classes.

Her goal is to have a boutique and in that way become independent in her work.

In this group: Tatiana Carolina, Gloria Beatriz, Rosy María, Lucero Estefania, Irma Carmita, Alexandra Del Rocio, Norma Melida, Nancy Lorena

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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