A loan of $6,450 helped a member to buy used clothes.


Las Comerciantes (Cuenca) Group's story

The "Las Comerciantes" loan group has nine members who make a living selling different products. Their work is where they earn a living and, with it, they support their households. This "Las Comerciantes" group is based in Cuenca, a city surrounded by great scenery, and which has four rivers. The city has held on to its colonial architecture and, in 1999, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One member of the "Las Comerciantes" group is Rosa. She joined the group a year ago. Rosa is 35 years old, married and has three children, aged seven, five, and three years old each. The two eldest children are attending one of the city's school. Rosa's husband is a driver. The family does not own a home and so are living in a rented house. Rosa has been making a living selling second-hand clothes for four years. She has a great variety of clothes, which she sells on market days. Rosa will use this loan to buy clothes in order to expand her business. Her goal is for the business to become big enough to open a shop. The group member in the smaller photo was not at the meeting when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Norma Catalina, Gerardina, Elizabeth Gabriela, Gloria Esperanza, Mónica Beatriz , Rosa Alicia, Mariana Noemi, Sandra Yolanda, Mayra Alexandra
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw


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