A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy tables and chairs.


La Florida (Cuenca) Group's story

The “La Florida” communal bank is made up of five ladies and one gentleman who live in the “la Católica” area of the city of Cuenca. This city has been a World Heritage site since December of 1999. Its colonial architecture is all over the city and it’s bathed by four rivers. Its food captures the pallet of all who visit. Its people have warm hearts and all the members of this group are hardworking people who improve the economic stability of their homes and move their families ahead.

Ruth is one of the group’s members and has great charisma, happiness, and gentility. She’s been a member of “La Florida” for two years. She likes the communal bank because of the camaraderie and unity of the group. She lives in the center of Cuenca.

Ruth is 48 years old, married, and has two children, ages 27 and 26. Both work and help her financially. Her husband works for a private company and they live in a home of their own.

Ruth works Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in a restaurant that she runs with her sister. She cares for her granddaughter in her spare time.

She will use the money from this loan to buy tables, chairs, and food.

Her goal is to expand her business much more.

In this group: María Lastenia, María Angelita, Ruth Angelita, Janneth Aracely, Ana Cristina, Carlos Santiago*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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