Total loan: $3,475
Mujeres Progresivas Group
El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Clothing
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A loan helped to buy fabric wholesale.
Mujeres Progresivas Group's story
The communal bank "Mujeres Progresivas" [Progressive Women] will be starting their fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, through the Panamerica regional office. They are a group of nine members run by a board of directors, of which Celia is the President. The businesses of the members are varied, and include selling food, selling construction materials, selling coffee, assisting with construction, and a ceramics shop. The loan they will take out will benefit small microentrepreneurs, including Celia. This is her fifth year as a member with Pro Mujer. She joined at the invitation of a friend who works with the institution. Currently she has a business sewing jackets: she explains that she began this business after a job that she had, where she learned sewing techniques, and with capital she had gotten together, she decided to start her business. The loan she will take out now is to increase her capital to buy fabric wholesale, which she will acquire in the stores of distributors in the city of El Alto. After sewing it, she will sell it in her place of sale. This way of working allows her to make an income to support her family, as she is married and has four children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Celia said that she likes the training sessions in credit and health that the institution offers.