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Union Costaneras Group
In this Group: Luisa , Rosmery, Susana, Elsa , Julia , Rosa , Rosmery, Arcela Maruja
The communal bank “Unión Costaneras" [Union of Coastal Women] will begin their ninth loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Andes regional office. The group consists of eight members and they have a board of directors headed by Luisa. The businesses the communal bank members run are varied and they include: the sale and weaving of cotton blankets, the sale of candy, soups and other products, the making of polleras [the skirts worn buy indigenous women in the Andes], the knitting of awayos [shawls], cleaning services and the sale of food.

Luisa has been a member of a communal bank for four years. Currently she has a food sales business. She learned the business from her mother and has worked on it for years. The loan from this cycle will be used to increase her capital with the purchase of food provisions. She will buy the provisions from the markets in the city of La Paz and later sell the products in her food stall. This type of work allows her to support her family since she is married and has three children.

When Luisa is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she enjoys the area of health.
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La A.C. “UNIÓN COSTANERAS” iniciará el noveno ciclo en Pro Mujer, como parte del Centro Focal de Los Andes. Está compuesta por ocho integrantes y cuentan con una mesa directiva y a la cabeza de la misma se encuentra la señora Luisa. Los negocios que las integrantes de la asociación comunal llevan adelante son variados entre ellos tenemos: venta de mantas, trenzado de mantas, venta de dulces, sopas y otros, confección de polleras, tejido de awayos, limpieza, venta de comida.

La señora Luisa, indica que forma parte de una asociación comunal desde hace cuatro años atrás. En la actualidad ella cuenta con un negocio de venta comida, que viene trabajando hace años, aprendiendo el mismo de su mamá. El crédito de este ciclo es para aumentar su capital (compra de víveres) que adquirirá de las ferias paceñas y posteriormente lo comercializará en su puesto de venta. Esta forma de trabajo le permite apoyar a su familia pues ella es casada y tiene tres hijos.

Cuando se le consulta qué le gusta de Pro Mujer, ella responde que le gustó el área de salud

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 222
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $31,548,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 6.9
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Union Costaneras Group's $1,975 loan helped a member to buy food provisions.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
7 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 23, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2012