A loan of $3,925 helped a member to buy socks.

20 De Mayo Group's story

The communal bank “20 de Mayo” (20th of May) is starting its first cycle at the Focal Centre in Villa Adela. It is made up of eleven members of whom Ema is the president. The activities carried out buy the group-members are varied. Amongst them are: the sale of casual shoes, sale of beds and eiderdowns, couture, food sales, sock sales, vicuña yarn sales, ice-cream sales, chorizo sales.

Ema has been a member of the communal bank, part of Pro Mujer (“Pro Women”) for four years and for this reason she was invited to become a marketing officer. She has a sock-sales business, with which she has worked for many years, having learnt this from her mother.

This loan will help her to increase her capital (purchase of socks) which she will buy from textile companies and then sell at the border markets and in the department of Oruro. This type of work helps to move forward and helps her family since she is single and has two children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she said she likes the health aspect.

Maribel and Sandra do not appear in the photo as they were at a doctor’s appointment.

In this group: Ema, Sonia , Monica Mayde , Maribel *, Jhoseline Ingrid, Walter, Elisa , Jenny Paulina, Sandra*, Francisca, Carmen
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI

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