A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy clothes.

Family (Cuenca) Group's story

The Family communal bank is composed of 8 female members and one male member who live in different parts of the city of Cuenca. Because of its rugged geography, Cuenca is a city that has beautiful landscapes to enjoy and is a UN Cultural Heritage site as of December, 1999. It has various places to enjoy nature and to relax with your family. Its people are friendly, gentle and fighters who work every day to improve their economic situation and to obtain a better future with their families. Their pride is in continuing to maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the members of this group is Yoni who is seeking a successive loan with the communal family bank. She is a member that has a good sense of humor, is a fighter and a hard worker who can always be found seeking to better herself personally and her family. She told us that she is enjoying good health, as are all of the members of her family.

Yoni is 32 years old, is married, and the fruit of this marital union is two children who are 12 and 7 years old. Her oldest son studies in high school and her younger daughter is in a small school in the city. Her husband works as a private employee. They do not have their own home and because of this they rent.

Yoni works in different activities that allow her to pay for some of the household expenses. She works fixing up homes and also works selling clothes. These activities give her the time necessary to be able to care for her home.

She invested her previous loan in the purchase of clothes. The earnings that she obtained were very helpful for her family. She will also invest her new loan in the purchase of clothing to be able to continue growing this activity. The communal bank likes her for her comradery and the solidarity of the group.

In this group: Icela María, Blanca Esperanza, María Eugenia, María Zoila*, Yoni Alexandra , Ruth Isabel, María Rosario, Diana Esthela, Franklin Patricio
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Hildreth

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