A loan of $2,450 helped a member to buy supplies to stock her grocery store.


Tierra Fértil (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Tierra Fértil [Fertile Ground] is made up of seven members, most of whom are related to each other. They all work daily at different work activities that allow them to contribute to their household incomes and provide for their families. They are kind, friendly and charismatic, and they continue to maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

They live in the sector of Cochapamba, which belongs to the Valle parish of Cuenca. This parish has seen a large amount of commercial growth, and its architecture is a mix of the traditional and the modern.

Monica is one of the members of this communal bank, and she has been a member for two years. She says she likes being a member of the communal bank because each meeting reinforces the bonds of friendship among all of its members.

Monica is 36 years old, divorced and has a daughter, age 20, and a son, age 19. Her daughter studies in the city university. Her son has a disability, for which he stays at home.

Monica owns her own home, in which for five years now she has had a small grocery store. She spends her time looking after her home and working her grocery business, which she operates daily without a fixed schedule. She has also worked for seven years now at selling cosmetics.

With this loan Monica will buy supplies to stock her grocery store. Her goal is to increase the size of her store.

In this group: María Teresa, Juana Catalina, Mónica Cecilia, Jeanneth Maribel, Delia Florencia, Alexandra Patricia, Rosa Isabel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson


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