A loan of $2,350 helped a member to buy seafood.


Luz Y Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

The members of the Luz y Vida communal bank has been taking out loans with the foundation for several years. It is a group of 6 women and 1 man who are neighbors and friends in the El Aguacate sector. Aside from the meetings deepening their friendship, the loans have allowed them to grow their businesses for the wellbeing of their families. They lives in the city of Cuenca, a city known for its architectural beauty, its natural preserves, and its people's culture and traditions. One of the members of this group is Marcia. She is taking out her first loan in the Luz y Vida communal bank, She was invited by her mother and she lives in the Aguacate sector of the city of Cuenca. She is 25 years old and in a common law marriage. She has 3 children; a 7 and a 4 year old who got to school in the city, and a 9 month old baby. Her husband works as a security guard and the house she lives in is rented. Marcia is a merchant. She works every day at a city market, selling seafood. At home she raises and sells ducks, chickens and guinea pigs.These activities help her to improve her household income. She is going to invest the loan in buying seafood. Her goal is own her own home.

In this group: Gloria Susana, Narcisa Yolanda, María Juana, Luvina Clementina, Marcia Verónica, José María, Martha María
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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