Total loan: $5,325

Jerusalen De Viacha Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped To purchase rice, noodles and oil.

Jerusalen De Viacha Group's story

The communal bank "Jerusalen de Viacha" or "Jerusalem of Viacha" will begin its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer. As part of the "Centro Focal de Cascada" [the focal center of Cascada], it is made up of nine members and is directed by a board led by President Alicia. The businesses run by the group members are varied, including the following: weaving and braiding of blankets, selling food, selling herbal products, selling plantains and desserts, making hats, selling nutritional products, and selling sweets. The loan received will benefit small micro-businesses that that of Alicia. She indicates that she began working with Kiva partner Pro Mujer three loan cycles ago, entering upon the invitation of her friends who were already part of the institution. Currently she has a business selling food. She notes that she learned this business on her own initiative after observing, and that her business is very active. The loan that she will receive is for increasing capital (for the purchase of rice, noodles and oil) that she will buy in bulk in the markets of the city of El Alto and then use to make and sell her product in her stall. This form of work allows her to generate income to maintain as much as possible her home since she has a partner and a child. She asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the savings that are generated.