A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy school uniforms, school supplies and foodstuffs.

Virgen De Bronce (Cuenca) Group's story

The “Virgen de Bronce” communal bank has 8 ladies who live in various parts of Cuenca; they are friends and acquaintances who share a great friendship and the same ideals which are to improve their economy and move their families forward based on hard work and the effort they expend daily in their various businesses. They live in various parts of Cuenca, a cold climate city, bathed by four rivers which give it its name of “Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos.” Since December, 1999, it’s been a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. It has several places to enjoy nature, its cuisine and its culture.

Gladys is one of the members. She’s taking out her first loan with the communal bank having been invited to join by a girlfriend who is an active member of it already. She lives in Baños Parish in the city of Cuenca. She’s 28-years-old, married and has two children who are 10 and 8 years old and attend the local little elementary school. Her husband works in construction. They do not own a house; they live in a house lent to them by a relative.

Gladys works taking in laundry for others, an activity she’s been doing for five years. She works Monday to Friday with no set schedule. She also does housework in several houses but only on some days of the week. Any time she has left over she dedicated to her family and her home.

She will use her loan to buy school supplies and uniforms for her children and groceries for her home. Her dream is to own a little house.

In this group: Narcisa De Jesús, Blanca Magdalena, María Dolores, Carmen Alexandra, Susana Natalia, Mercy Marlene*, Johanna Fernanda, Gladys Isabel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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