A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy vegetables in bulk.

Jardin De Flores Group's story

The Jardin de Flores communal bank will begin its first cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Andes regional center. It is made up of eight members and is lead by a board of directors where Señora Teofila is president. The businesses that the group members carry out are varied. Among them are builder’s assistant, blanket weaver, empanada maker, vicuña blanket maker, blanket weaver, skirt seamstress, potato and chuño (dried potato) seller, and tostado maker.

The loan that they are taking out will benefit small microentrepreneurs, of which Señora Teofila is one. She says that three years ago she joined Pro Mujer, signing up due to an invitation from her sister-in-law who is a member of the organization. Currently she has a business selling tucumanas (meat empanadas); she shares that she learned this work in her previous job, and later decided to begin her own independent business.

The loan that she is taking out now is to increase her capital to buy vegetables in bulk. She’ll get them from the wholesale sellers in the city of La Paz, and later she’ll sell them in her sales stall. This type of work allows her to generate income to keep up her family, because she is married and has four children.

When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answered that she likes the savings that the organization offers.

In this group: Teofila Graciela, Crecencia , Nora Raimunda, Gadi Zady , Martha , Sandra Nilda , Julia Rosa, Pacesa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton

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