A loan of $6,550 helped a member to buy chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, and animal feed.

El Cruce Hacia El Futuro (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank El Cruce Hacia el Futuro is made up of 9 women who are friends and neighbors living in the outskirts of the parish Sinincay in Cuenca. This parish has a beautiful church, delightful landscapes and many places to enjoy nature. Its people are hardworking and work in various financial activities which permit them to pay household expenses and get ahead. Charisma and joy characterize them and despite their difficulties their good humor never leaves them, and they still maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the members of this group is Mónica Patricia who is making her sixth loan together with her friends and companions from the communal bank El Cruce Hacia el Futuro. This group has found unconditional friendship among its members and good camaraderie. She lives in the El Cruce area that belongs to the parish of Sinincay.

Mónica Patricia is 36 years old. She is separated from her husband and has two children from her marriage. Her oldest daughter is 14 years old and goes to school in the city, and her younger son is one year old. She does not have her own home but lives in her mother’s home with whom she shares the household expenses.

Mónica Patricia works from Monday through Friday in an office as an assistant bookkeeper. She has been working in the job for a year, working half a day. The rest of her time she works at home breeding and selling animals such as chickens, guinea pigs and rabbits.

She will use her new loan to invest in the purchase of chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and animal feed for the animals.

Her goal is to have her own home.

In this group: Elsa Gladys, Rosa Del Cisne, Mónica Patricia, Mónica Jessenia, Jenny Elizabeth, María Del Carmen, María Eugenia, Gladis Blanca*, Narcisa Milena
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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