A loan of $5,800 helped a member to buy clothing, cosmetics, and Tupperware products.

Damas Del Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

Damas del Futuro Communal Bank is made up of 13 women who are family members, friends, and neighbors. They work in various jobs that allow them to contribute to the household finances and live in different places in the city of Cuenca. This city has colonial and modern architecture and a cold climate, and the people there are hardworking and still preserve the culture and traditions of their communities.

One of the members of this group is Nube, who's on her third loan with this communal bank. She lives near the Jaime Roldos residential complex in the city of Cuenca. She's 46 and married, and has six children from this relationship. Two of her daughters are married and live independently, two of her children work and help her financially, and the last two attend school in the town. Her husband's a professional driver who drives a school bus. Together they built the house they live in.

Nube works taking care of her home and family. Also, to help her household financially she works in business selling clothing, cosmetics, and plastic Tupperware products. She has done this work for 10 years and she works from Monday through Saturday with no fixed schedule.

She's going to invest her new loan in buying clothing, cosmetics, and Tupperware products to have more variety for her customers.

As she's a small businesswoman, her goal is to continue growing her business.

In this group: Luz Marina, Sandra Yamile, Elizabeth María*, Nube Del Rocio, Martha Cecilia, Jessica Patricia, Yane De Jesús, María Rosa, Ana Lucia*, Viki Angelita, Marisol Patricia, Ana Lucy, Martha
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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