A loan of $4,550 helped a member buy ingredients.

Buscando El Exito (Cuenca) Group's story

The Buscando el Éxito (Seeking Success) Community Bank has ten members, most of whom work in a market in the town selling such items as fruit or vegetables, or preparing and selling food. These businesses give them the opportunity to improve their household income and get ahead with their families. They live in different places in Cuenca, a city with a cold climate. Its historic centre is a mixture of modern and colonial architecture. The local food is varied and delights the palates of visitors. The people still maintain their culture and traditions.

One of the members is 56-year old Sra. Blanca. She is divorced but has five children from her marriage, four of whom are married and live independently, while the the fifth is single and is a student at a local college. The house where she lives is her own.

Sra. Blanca has earned her living for seven years selling food half days from Monday to Friday. The rest of the time she cleans houses. The income from these two jobs has allowed her to improve the financial stability of her household.

Blanca plans to use the loan money to buy ingredients for the food she sells. Her goal is to grow her business.

In this group: Bertha Rufina, Nancy Yolanda, Alexandra Angelita, Carmen Piedad, Jessica Nataly, Rosa María, Bertha Rocio, Blanca Melania, Mariuxi Alexandra*, Rosa Hermelinda
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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