A loan of $6,475 helped a member to buy provisions.

Mujer Y Fortaleza (Cuenca) Group's story

The Mujer y Fortaleza loan group is made up of 15 members who, despite their daily problems, never abandon their good humor and charisma because it's what allows them to move forward happily every day. They make a living in a variety of economic activities that have given them the opportunity to be financially independent and give their children a better future.

The members live in the area of Turi Parish in Cuenca. This area enjoys a spectacular view, so it's known as the viewpoint of the city. The architecture is a mix of old and new, and the residents work in agriculture, raise animals, and perform various jobs in the city.

One of the members of this group is Rosa Florinda, who has been in Mujer y Fortaleza for two years. This group is made up of determined, friendly, and kind women who support each other mutually.

Rosa Florinda, 45, lives in a common-law relationship and has three children, ages 12, 11, and 4. Her two oldest children attend school in the town and her youngest one is in pre-school. Her husband's a sawyer by trade. The house they live in is their own.

Rosa Florinda makes a living in agriculture. She sells her harvests and raises and sells guinea pigs and chickens. She also has had a store for four years. She's going to invest the money from her loan in provisions because her goal is to expand her store.

The small photos are of three members who weren't able to be there when the group photo was taken.

In this group: Cruz Trancito, Ana Lucia , Rosa María, Ana Beatriz, María Rosa, María Margarita, María Rosario, Elsa Yolanda*, María Transito, Rosa Florinda, Jhoana Maribel, Narcisa De Jesús, Blanca Isaura, Dolores Ines, Rosa Hilda
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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