Total loan: $2,825

Manzanitas Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped To buy cheese.

Manzanitas Group's story

The Manzanitas community bank is a group of ten women who have decided to come together to request a loan and also receive training and health services. They are beginning their first loan cycle and will work within the Panamericana regional office. Each of the group's members has her own business in services, production or commerce. The bank is run by a board of directors which is made up of a president (Isidora), a treasurer (Alejandra) and a secretary (Sonia). The group's president, Isidora, lives with her husband and four children. Her business is selling cheese and she has been in this business for thirty five years, having learned the trade from her mom. Isidora buys her cheese from nearby towns such as Peñas and Los Andes and then sells it at La Garita de Lima Market in the city of La Paz. Her daughter helps her to make her sales. Isidora requested a loan for 2,000 bolivianos which will be used to buy more cheese. Isidora says that this is her first experience as a member of Pro Mujer. When we asked her what she likes about the institution, she replied "the training".