A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy rice, noodles and potatoes.

Solidaridad Andina Group's story

“Solidaridad Andina” (Andean Solidarity) is a Communal Bank that will start its fourth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Alto Lima Community Center. It is composed of eight members, guided by a directive board, in which Maritza is the Secretary. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different activities such as creating lightboxes, selling fabric, running a general store, selling cosmetics, selling pullovers, preparing and selling cold meat.

Maritza is one of the micro entrepreneurs forming this group, and she will benefit from the requested loan. She says she has been a member of Pro Mujer for one year and a half, having been invited by a friend who is a member of the institution. She is currently running a food stall, and she say she started this activity seven years ago out of her own intuitive; previously she used to help her mother and form her she learned how to run this activity.

The loan she in currently requesting will be used to increase her working capital by buying rice, noodles and potatoes at wholesale price; she will buy them in the fairs to then prepare and sell them in her stall. This type of activity helps her earning an income to economically support her household as much as she can, as she is single and she has she lives in in a common-law relationship.

When asked about what she likes of Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health and loan seminars.

In this group: Francisca, Angelica Maria , Reyna Meliza, Marleny, Maritza Virginia, Cristina Brigida , Esperanza, Yrma

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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