A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy vegetables.

Guamboteñas (Cuenca) Group's story

Guamboteñas is a community bank that is starting with loans from Fundación Espoir. It’s 8 members are natives of the province of Chimborazo, but they have lived in the city of Cuenca for a few years. All of them earn a living in the vegetable trade and they live in the outskirts. Despite living in another city, they haven’t changed their culture, traditions and way of dressing. All are nice, kind, and hard-working people. They fight day to day to improve the financial situation of their homes and to move forward with their families.

One of the members of this group is Maria Hermelinda. She lives in the Feria Libre neighborhood of the city of Cuenca. She is 28 years old, married and she has a nine year old son. Her husband earns a living selling vegetables. They do not have their own house so they rent.

Maria Hermelinda has had her own business selling vegetables for seven years. She sells these products as she moves through a market in the city. She works Sunday to Sunday from four in the morning until three in the afternoon.

This loan is going to be invested in the purchase of vegetables to increase her products.

Her goal is to have her own shop in the city market.

In this group: ,maría Hermelinda, María Mercedes, Sandra Mónica, Nancy Dolores, Alicia Cumanda, Julio Cesar, Luz María, María Micaela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mallie Al-Khafaji

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