A loan of $4,925 helped a member buy supplies for her general store.

Las Vecinas (Cuenca) Group's story

The credit group "Las Vecinas" (The Neighbor women) is comprised of 10 members who are friends and neighbors. They live in different parts of the city of Cuenca, a cold climate area noted for its beautiful architecture. In December 1999, it was named part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and its culture and traditions are still maintained by its people. The members are friendly people, kind and warm-hearted, who charm visitors. They are hard workers who work hard every day to improve their household economies and get their families ahead.

One of the members is Mrs. Margarita, age 51. She is divorced, but has three grown children from her marriage. Two are married and live independently, and her single son works and helps with the household expenses. They inherited the house they live in. Margarita runs a store. She works Sunday to Sunday without a fixed schedule. Her work is her passion. The money from the loan will be invested in the purchase of supplies for her store to expand her merchandise. Her goal is to expand her business.

The inset photo is of a member who could not be present when the group picture was taken.

In this group: Alcira Virginia De Fatina, Silvana Karol*, Susana Elizabeth, María Cristina, Jessica Fabiola*, María Laura, Sandy Cecilia, María Presentacion, Gladys Dioselina, Margarita De Jesús
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Shannon Skoglund

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