A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy fruit, sugar, milk and eggs.

Soledad Del Valle (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Soledad del Valle” Communal Bank is made up of 5 women and 2 men who are acquaintances and friends. Most of the members live in Valle parish in Cuenca. This parish has a cold climate and several tourist destinations where visitors enjoy nature. Its people are friendly and still maintain their traditional culture. They work as farmers, livestock breeders and traders.

One of the members of this group is Sra. Sandra. This is her second loan in Soledad del Valle Communal Bank. She lives in the Miraflores area of the city of Cuenca and is 29 years-old. She lives with her common law partner and has conceived three children, who are 12 and 9 years old and the last son, who is scarcely 4 months old. Her oldest son is going to enter high school this new school year and her second child, a daughter, is in a little elementary school in the city. Her husband is privately employed and also helps her with her business. They live in a rented house.

Sra. Sandra has been making and selling ice cream for the past year. She is a street vendor and works from Sunday to Sunday, without a fixed work schedule. She dedicates the rest of the time to her family. She will invest her new loan in the purchase of fruit, sugar, milk and eggs to make her ice cream.

Her dream is to own her home so she can live comfortably with her family.

In this group: María Rosario, Zoila Mercedes, Sandra Patricia, Rafaela De Los Angeles, Blanca Sara, Adolfo, Arturo De Jesús

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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