A loan of $6,700 helped a member to buy livestock feed and pigs.


Mujeres Floreciendo (Cuenca) Group's story

"Mujeres Floreciendo" [Women in Bloom] is a communal bank that is made up of 13 members. They are friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who have something in common: making a living and helping their families to improve themselves. They are hardworking, determined, and despite the adversity in their lives, they always look to the future with a smile.

They live in different areas of the city of Cuenca. This city has cold weather, and its rugged geography offers beautiful scenery. Its architecture is a mixture of colonial and modern, and its culture and traditions are admired by its visitors and a source of pride for its people.

Luz is one of the members of the group. She is 45 years old and married. She and her husband have one 23-year-old son who is at the university. Her husband works in the construction field as a bricklayer. The house they live in is the reward for their hard work as a couple.

Luz is the owner of a dump truck and she has worked in heavy transport for eight years. For this, she has a driver to whom she pays a monthly salary. At home, she works at raising guinea pigs, hens, and pigs, and she also does agricultural work; her harvests are for sale as well as household consumption.

She will now invest this loan in the purchase of livestock feed and pigs, so she can continue developing this business.

Her dream is to travel to different parts of the world that she would like to visit.

In this group: Cruz Carmelina, Silvia Del Rocio, Julia Adriana, Olfa Marlene, María Aurora, Luz María, Libia Beatriz, Rosa Leticia, Diana Lucia, Jenny Alexandra, Casimira, Carmen Adriana*, Karina Estefania
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Holly Torpey


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