A loan of $4,850 helped a member purchase material, thread and other sewing supplies..


1 De Mayo (Cuenca) Group's story

The group 1 of May is made up of 11 women who live in the parish of Victoria del Portente in the town of Cuenca. It is a place with a cool climate and is known for its cowboys who care for the cattle. The terrain here is fertile and ideal for agriculture. The people here have maintained their culture and traditions, they are friendly, gentle and always trying to help one another. Their principal economic activity is caring for animals, agriculture and trade. Many work in the city doing various different jobs as well. One of the members of this group is Mrs. Flora who has been a member for quite some time. She likes micro credits because they help her to grow her business while also strengthening her friendships with those she works with. Mrs. Flora is 34 years old, married, and has two children who are 17 and 16, who study at the high school in her town. Her husband is a professional driver and provides a taxi service. They do not have their own home and so they live in a rented house. Mrs. Flora spends most of her time at home but she also contributes to the family purse by sewing. She learned how to sew through experience and because she has a talent for it. She has been running her own business for around 3 years and everything is going well because little by little her clientele is growing. The money from this loan will be used to invest in the purchase of cloth, thread and other sewing supplies. He goal is to expand her workshop.

In this group: Maida Maribel, María Elvia, Sonia Beatriz, Flora Asucena, Blanca Etelvina, Paulina Patricia, Olga Marilu, Sandra Guadalupe, María Rosario, María Adelaida, Ana Asucena
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kristin Connor


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