A loan of $4,500 helped a member to buy fabric, thread, and spare parts for sewing machines.

Maluay (Cuenca) Group's story

The Maluay communal bank is made up of 12 women who live in the outskirts of the parish of Valle in Cuenca. This area is characterized by beautiful scenery. One can admire the green fields, products of the sowing season. The architecture is a mix of colonial and modern styles. The local people maintain the culture and traditions they learned from their parents. They are hardworking people who, despite obstacles, fight to achieve their goals. They are all fighting to improve their financial situation and give their families a better future.

One of the members of this group is Natividad. She has been a member of the Maluay communal bank for one and a half years. She is in this group because it helps the members to support each other as neighbors. They share time together, which they don't get to do often due to work. They also listen to educational speeches, which helps them in their daily lives.

Natividad, 46, is married and has two children, ages 13 and 19. Her oldest daughter is at university and her younger daughter is in high school. Her husband is a tailor. They do not own a house, so they are renting.

Natividad has been a professional seamstress for 25 years. She works with her husband from Monday to Saturday without a fixed schedule. They do all kinds of alterations and make garments.

She will invest this loan in the purchase of fabric, thread, and spare parts for her sewing machines. Her goal is to have a bigger workshop. The smaller inserted picture is of a member who was not able to appear in the group photo.

In this group: María Celina, María Rosario, Rosa Sarbelia, María Cruz, Rosa Agripina, Delia Esther, Carmen Olimpia, María Natividad, Ana Piedad, Mariana De Jesús, Martha Yolanda, Ana Cecilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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