Total loan: $4,775

Estrellitas Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Arts

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A loan helped to buy alpaca wool wholesale.

Estrellitas Group's story

The communal bank "Estrellitas" (Little Stars) will begin its fifth loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Villa Adela regional center. It consists of eight members and is led by a board of directors where Señora Bertha is the president. The businesses that the members of the association run are varied. Among them are: selling bricks, weaving blankets, selling salchipapas (a typical street food made from sausages and potatoes), selling food, and selling clothing. The loan that they will take out will benefit these micro-entrepreneurs, of whom Señora Bertha is one. She indicates that this is the first time that she has joined Por Mujer, entering at the invitation of a friend who is a client of the institution. At this time she has a business of making and selling alpaca blankets. She lets it be known that she began this business a number of years ago on her own initiative, beginning with some basic capital. The loan that she will take out now is to increase her capital and will be used to buy alpaca wool wholesale. She will acquire it in the fairs of the city of El Alto, and later, she will sell the blankets at the request of the customer. This form of work allows her to generate resources to help her family, since she is single and has two children. When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health area that the institution offers.