A loan of $3,425 helped a member to buy clothing.

Las Bandidas (Cuenca) Group's story

The 'Las Bandidas' community bank has seven female members who all live in the city of Cuenca. This city was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. It is bathed by four rivers and all the tourists who visit it fall in love with its natural beauty, architecture and cuisine. The members of this group are friendly women who work hard every day in order to improve their household stability and their families' well-being.

Delia is a member of this group. She is taking out her second loan with her fellow group members and friends. She likes her community bank because of the cohesion and friendship that exists between its members.

Delia is 52 years old, married, and has six children from her marriage. Three of her children are married and live independently. Two work and help her out financially and the youngest is both attending school and working. They do not own their own home but live in a family member's house. Delia's husband works as a day laborer.

Delia works from Monday to Saturday in a sewing workshop belonging to one of her married daughters. She does not work fixed hours. In her free time, she sells clothing. She makes her sales as an itinerant street vendor.

Delia will invest her loan money in buying clothing in order to increase her stock levels. Her goal is to have her own business premises from which to sell her merchandise.

In this group: Bertha Esperanza, Nelly Leonor, Oliva De Jesús*, Clara Lucia, María Elena, Delia Sulima, María Elena
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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