A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy supplies.

Alianza Unida (Cuenca) Group's story

The Alianza communal bank is comprised of 12 women who are friends and acquaintances. They live in different areas of the city of Cuenca. This city has a cold climate, and since December 1999, it has been classified as part of Cultural Heritage of Mankind. The city has four rivers and great places to enjoy nature. All of the members are hard-working, some have their own businesses and others work as private employees. However, all of them have the same goal, which is to improve the quality of life of their homes and move their families forward. They are proud to maintain the culture and traditions that their parents have instilled in them.

One of the group's members is María Micaela. She has been part of the communal bank for six years and lives in the Parrish of Paccha in Cuenca. She is 42 years old, married, and has three children who are 14, 12, and 5 years old. Her first two daughters go to school and her son goes to the kindergarden in the area. Her husband works as a private employee. The house they live in is the fruit of their marriage's work.

María Micaela works in various economic activities since she is an enterprising woman. She has had a store for five months. On the weekends, she sells "hornado" and "cascaritas," which are typical Ecuadorian dishes. At home, she also raises pigs, Guinea pigs, and chickens to sell in the community. She works in agriculture and what she harvests is only used for household consumption.

She is going to invest in buying more supplies to have more stock in her store. Her goal is to expand her store.

The two small photos represent the three members who were not present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Flor América, Clemencia Concepción, Carmen Rocio, María Auxilio, Rosa Leonor, Mónica, María Dolores, María Doraliza, Angelica María*, Margarita Guadalupe*, María Micaela, Elsa Sara
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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