A loan of $4,600 helped a member to purchase pork, potatoes and other supplies.

Las Caleras (Cuenca) Group's story

Las Caleras Communal Bank is composed of 11 members who live in the city of Cuenca. This colonial city delights in its natural and cultural beauty. It is bathed by four rivers. Its city center still maintains the town’s history, thanks to its colonial structure. Its people, like these women, work and struggle every day to improve their household finances in order to help their families get ahead.

One of the members of this group is Sra. María Transito. She has been a member of the communal bank for several years. During that time she has succeeded in developing strong friendships with all of the other members of the group.

Sta. Maaría Transito is 60 years old. She is married and conceived eight children during her marriage. One son is also married and lives independently. Three of her children are working and her last four children are attending school in the city. Her husband works as a bricklayer. They own their home.

Doña María Transito sells oven roasted pork, potatoes with pork and stewed corn. She has run her business at a market in the city for several years , however now one of her daughters has taken over her stall in the market while she, herself, works from home selling food. She has been doing well

She will invest the money from her loan in the purchase of pork, potatoes and other supplies so that she can continue growing her business.

Her dream is to continue growing her business.

In this group: María Mercedes, María Margarita, María Laura, María Rosario, Gladys Ximera, María Agusta, Lourdes Cristina*, Karina Fernanda, Deicy Verónica, María Transito, Elisa Lorena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Chaney

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