Total loan: $3,525

Palomas Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy provisions.

Palomas Group's story

The "Palomas" ("Doves") Communal Association is starting its fifth cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Los Andes regional office. The group is comprised of eight members and is directed by a board, of which Virginia is the president. The businesses that this group's members carry out are various, including plastics sales, food sales, grocery sales, clothing sales, cosmetics sales, and grocery sales. The loan they are taking out will benefit their small businesses. Virginia is one member, who says that she joined Pro Mujer 15 cycles ago, on invitation by a friend who was a member of the institution. Today, she has a food service business (a "pensión"). She used to sell at a school but after she joined Pro Mujer -- with the loan she received and her savings -- she was able to start this business, which is larger and creates more income. The loan Virginia is taking out now will increase her capital for buying provisions that she will obtain at markets in the city of El Alto, and then for making and selling food in her sales space. This type of work allows Virginia to generate the resources she needs to support her family. She is divorced and has four children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Virginia responds that she likes the training workshops and the savings.