A loan of $3,750 helped a member to buy iron, welding supplies, and lubricants.

Las Productoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The communal bank Las Productoras consists of eight women who live in the Baños parish in Cuenca, a place characterized by its hilly geography offering beautiful landscapes. Its thermal waters, emanating from the volcano, makes it possible to enjoy various baths. The gastronomy and culture of its people attract many tourists. The members of this group all carry the culture and traditions passed on by their parents. Their goal is to get ahead with their children and offer them a better future. They hope to achieve this with the help of every loan they receive.

One of the members of this group is Digna Lucia, she is in her second loan cycle together with her friends and partners of the Las Productoras group. She likes this type of loan because it gives them the opportunity to grow in their businesses so that they can move their families forward. Digna Lucia is 24 years old and is in a civil union from which she has two children aged 8 and 6, who go to a small school in the locality. Her husband is an industrial mechanic and works in his own workshop. They live in their own house.

Digna Lucia has been working in the workshop together with her husband for eight years, from Monday to Saturday and without a fixed schedule. She also works occasionally as a kitchen helper. She will use the loan to buy iron, welding supplies, and lubricants for her husband's workshop. Her goal is to run a boutique.

In this group: Deisi Sabelina, Gloria Piedad, Digna Lucia, Mónica Esperanza, María Antonieta, Diana Verónica, María Auxiliadora, Digna Isabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Isabel Valencia

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