A loan of $5,400 helped a member to buy cloth and thread.


Siempre Amigas (Cuenca) Group's story

"Always Friends" is a communal bank formed by 18 women who live near the parish of Valle en Cuenca, a place that has beautiful countryside in which one can enjoy the warmth and beauty of nature. The people of Valle de Cuenca are friendly and gentle, like the members of the community bank, who work daily to better the economies of their homes and seek a better future for their families. They work at jobs of the countryside like agriculture and the raising of animals commercially. Many also work in the city at various different kinds of jobs. One of the members of this group is Carmen Lucia. She is 35 years old and is the single mother of one 4 year old son, who this year will begin to study in a small school in the city. She doesn't have her own house so she lives in her grandmother's house, who helps her with the household costs and gives her company. Carmen Lucia is a professional dressmaker. She has had a small shop for the last 4 years where she makes "polleras" (typical dresses of the region) and blouses. She also raises livestock, especially cattle. Her new loan will be used for the purchase of cloth and thread for her business. Her dream is to own her own home.

In this group: Rosa Targelia, Rosa Florencia, Rosa Esperanza, Clemencia Beneranda, Jael Cecilia, María Patricia, Mariela Del Carmen, Carmen Lucia, Luz Magdalena*, María Encarnacion, Rosa Clotilde, Maria Esperanza, Carmen Aurora*, Esther Galud, Ruth Alexandra, Sonia Eulalia, María Florencia, Ana María
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melia Meggs


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