A loan of $4,750 helped a member to buy potato seeds to plant and groceries for her store.

Libertad En Progreso (Cuenca) Group's story

"Liberty in Progress" is a communal bank consisting of 14 members, the majority of whom live in the Zhizho community in Cuenca, a place that offers various locations for enjoying its beautiful scenery. Its people still maintain their traditional clothing, their culture, and traditions. The major source of income is raising animals, agriculture, and commerce. They also go to the city to work in different occupations. Its people, like all the women who are members of this bank, never lose their charisma and their good humor, in spite of the difficulties that are presented to them day by day. They work, giving their best effort to raise their families.

One of the members of this group is Señora Maria Alicia, who has been part of the communal bank "Liberty in Progress" for two years. Before, she lived in the Zhizho sector, but now she lives in the Los Trigales sector of the city of Cuenca. She is 44 years old. She is a widow, and from her marriage has a daughter of 13. She does not have her own house.

In order to be able to care for her home, Doña Maria Alicia has had a store in her house for 12 years. She works in it every day from 6 in the morning until 10 at night. She also works in agriculture, and she sells the greens and vegetables that she harvests in the city market. She has been doing this for 6 months, but only on holidays.

She is going to invest her new loan in the purchase of potato seeds to plant and also groceries for her store.

Her goal is to have a vehicle to take her products to the market.

The little photos are of two members who were not able to be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Carmen Lucia, María Esperanza, Lorena Del Carmen, María Carmen*, María Isabel, Balvina, Luz Melida, María Natividad, María Alicia, Claudia Femina, Dolores Mercedes, María Rebeca, María Rosario, Asuncion Transito

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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