A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy Omnilife natural products.

Corazones Unidos (Cuenca) Group's story

The Corazones Unidos communal bank is made up of 5 female members and 2 male members, mostly family, who have joined to form this group. The majority of the group’s members work selling morocho, which is a typical dish made with milk, morocho (a type of corn) and sugar. Their activities preparing the morocho begin very early. Later they walk through the city market selling it. They live in Cuenca, a city that has both colonial and modern architecture. Its rugged geography offers many places to enjoy nature. The people of Cuenca still maintain their cuisine, culture and traditions. They are warm-hearted, friendly people.

One of the members of this group is Ms. María Liliana. She is requesting her fourth loan with the Corazones Unidos communal bank, a group that she likes a lot because it is very united and caring. They live in the Arenal sector of Cuenca. She is 33 years old. She is separated from her husband, but has 2 children from the marriage, a 14-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Her daughter is studying in high school and her son is in a small, local school. She does not have her own house. She lives in a rental home.

She has lived in Ecuador for the past 7 years, although she is a native of the neighboring country of Peru. She came to our country for work and settled in Cuenca. For the past 4 years, she has sold Omnilife natural products. She works every day, but does not have a set schedule. She offers her products whenever she gets the chance. Every morning, she sells aloe water (medicinal waters).

Her new loan will be used to buy Omnilife natural products to continue her business, since she already has her own customers.

Her goal is to have her own house.

In this group: María Mercedes, Graciela Dolores, María Liliana, Alfonso Marcelo, Federico Guillermo, María Gabriela, Silvia Ermina

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Dahlberg

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