A loan of $2,150 helped a member to purchase a computer.

Emprendedoras (Cuenca) Group's story

The Emprendedoras (Enterprising) credit group is comprised of 7 women that live around the city of Cuenca. This city enjoys a colonial architecture that keeps its history - for this it received the name of Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Because of its rugged terrain this city has several places where one can enjoy the nature and beauty of the countryside. Its people, like the women of this group, struggle every day to improve the economic stability of their homes and thus provide a better future for their children. They are women who always reward us with a smile and still maintain the culture and traditions of their people.

One of the members of this group is Señora Erika. She is completing her first loan along with her friends and fellow members of the Emprendedoras credit group. She was invited into this beautiful group by her mother and hopes with the loans to complete a little at a time the objectives that it has established.

Señora Erika is 24 years old, is the single mother of a 7 year old daughter who is studying in a city school, and lives in a rented house. Doña Erika has worked for the last five years as a private employee, an activity that she performs Monday through Friday 8 hours per day, and Saturday until noon.

She will invest the money from her loan in the purchase of a computer for her daughter which she needs for school. Her goal is to get into her own upholstery shop because that is her craft but she lacks the capital.

In this group: Narcisa De Jesús, Lilia Andrea, Carmen María, Martha Beatriz, Silvana Valeria, Nelly Soledad, Erika Tatiana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alan Carter

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