A loan of $2,225 helped a member comprar una vajilla, pollos y cuyes.

Nuevas Amigas (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Nuevas Amigas" communal bank is made up of eight women who live in different places in the city of Cuenca, which is the capital of the province of Azuay, and is located in the southern part of Ecuador's Andean cordillera. Its historical center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in the year 1999.

All the members are women who work in different businesses that give them the opportunity to contribute to their household finances and give their families a better future. In spite of their daily difficulties they are people who keep a good sense of humor and still maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the members of this group is Melva. She is 39 years old, married and has three children ages 19, 17 and 15. Her two eldest children go to school, and her eldest daughter is already married and lives independently. Her husband is a merchant and sells various products. The house where they live is the reward for all the work they have done as a couple.

Melva is an enterprising woman who has sold food for four years, work that she does twice a week, without fixed hours. She also raises chickens and guinea pigs, and on the days she spends at home, grows vegetables which are only for her household's consumption.

She is going to use her new loan to buy crockery, chickens and guinea pigs, so that she can continue with these activities.

Her dream is to not have debts.

In this group: María Natalia, Rebeca Josefina, Diana Mayra*, Verónica Adriana, María Leonor, Miriam Robertina, Rosa Verónica, Melba Azucena
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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