Total loan: $3,200
Unión De Amigas Group
El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Retail
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A loan helped to buy paint.
Unión De Amigas Group's story
The “Unión de Amigas” (Unity of Girlfriends) communal bank will start its first cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Santiago II Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board whose president is Rina. The members carry out a variety of businesses among which are the sale of ‘tucumanas’ [turnovers], clothing sales, cosmetics sales, beauty salon, canned goods sales, book sales, home appliance sales and hardware sales. They will take out the loan to benefit small businesswomen. Rina’s one of them and she indicates that this is her first time joining Pro Mujer thanks to an invitation from one of the institution’s promoters who visited her at home. She currently has a hardware store she opened years ago with the purchase of construction materials. The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy paint from suppliers and then resell in her shop. This way of working allows her to support her family since she’s married and has five children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she answers that she likes the credit training and the health services. (María does not appear in the photo because she was at a clinic appointment.)