A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy natural products.

Las Productoras (Cuenca) Group's story

Las Productoras is a communal bank comprised of eight women who live in the area surrounding the city of Cuenca. The city is very popular because of its colonial architecture, its typical food, and its culture. The members are hard-working women who struggle in their work day to day in order to improve their financial stability and to get their households ahead. They still maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

Deisi is one of the members of this group. This is her third loan with the Las Productoras communal bank. She likes the communal bank for the unity and fellowship of the group. She also likes it because her business improves with each loan.

Deisi, age 26, is married, and they have a two and a half year old child. Her husband is an auto mechanic, and he works in his own shop. They do not have their own house, so they are renting where they live.

Deisi spends all of her time at home taking care of her child, who is still very small. However, in order to help her husband cover the household expenses, she sells Forever natural products. She has been doing this business activity for three years. During this time she has managed to get a select clientele. She sells her products at her house.

She will use her new loan to buy natural products in order for her business to continue growing.

Her dream is to travel to different countries around the world.

In this group: Deisi Sabelina, Silvia Cecilia, Gloria Piedad, Mónica Esperanza, Digna Lucia, María Antonia, Diana Verónica, María Auxiliadora

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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