A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy dry grains.


Cumbe Centro (Cuenca) Group's story

Cumbe Centro Communal Bank is made up of eight members who are neighbors and friends. The loans have allowed them to strengthen the ties of friendship among themselves and have a single goal, which is to get their families ahead. Their jobs allow them to help the household solvency and so give their children a better future. They live in the parish of Cumbe in Cuenca, a place with a cold climate surrounded by a lot of vegetation, green fields and beautiful landscapes. The main economic activity there is raising animals, agriculture, and commerce. One of the members of this group is Irma, 32. She's single and lives in her father's house. He works as a professional driver. Together they share the household expenses. Irma's a very hardworking woman. She started her business when she was very young and now has 15 years of experience. She works from Sunday through Sunday selling a variety of dry grains. She doesn't have a set schedule. She has her own stall in a market in the city. This job has allowed her to improve herself economically and help her family get ahead. She's going to invest her loan in buying dry grains. Her goal is to expand her business. The small photo is of a member who couldn't be present when the group photo was taken.

In this group: María Targelia, Martha Verónica, Silvia Eugenia, Andrea Priscila, Irma Sonia, Nube Del Rosario, María Rosa Elena, María Esther
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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