A loan of $3,850 helped a member to buy chickens, food for her animals, and construction materials.

Futuro De Vida (Cuenca) Group's story

"Futuro de Vida" [Future of Life] is a communal bank that is made up of six women and one man. They are all friends and neighbors, and have formed this group with the common purpose to move themselves and their families ahead and to improve their economic stability. They work in different jobs and hope to continue growing through them. They live in the city of Cuenca, a city that is full of beauty, both architectural and natural, and that is served by four rivers. It is the third most important economic city in the country, and its people still maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the group members is Livia. She has been part of the communal bank Futuro de Vida for some time. She likes the communal bank because at each meeting, she does not find herself with friends, but with part of her family. The loans have allowed her to improve her business and to improve the stability of her home.

Livia is thirty-nine years old and is separated from her husband. However, through that union, she has six children, ages 20, 18, 17, 14, 10, and 7. Her first daughter and third son study and work in order to help cover the expenses of the home. Her second daughter is married and lives independently. Her third daughter is still at home and helps with the household chores. Her two youngest children are studying it a small school in the city. The house in which she lives in the fruit of her work.

Livia is a hardworking woman and works two jobs. Her first job is cleaning houses and the second job is raising chickens, selling them live or butchered. She elected to take part in these economic activities because they allow her to help with the economic situation in her home, moving her family forward and offering her children a better future.

She invested her previous loan in the purchase of chickens, and she obtained very good profits. She is repeating the loan since she wants to buy more chickens, food for her animals, and some construction materials in order to enlarge the shed for the chickens.

The small photo is of a group member that could not be present when the photo was taken.

In this group: María De Lourdes, María Angelina, Livia Natividad, Angel Mauricio, Diana Alexandra, Eva Alejandrina*, Lourdes Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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