Total loan: $3,750

Apóstol Santiago Group

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El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to purchase noodles, oil and rice in bulk.

Apóstol Santiago Group's story

The “APOSTOL SANTIAGO” communal bank group will begin its fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal de Apóstol Santiago II. It is made up of eight members and is led by officers, of whom Liz is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank have are varied and include food sales, jewelry sales, candy sales, clothing sales, the sale of metal items, clothing sales, and a neighborhood store. The loan that they are taking out will benefit the small business-owners of whom Liz is one. She says that two years ago she joined Pro Mujer, joining due to a massive promotion done by the institution. Currently, she has a business selling food. She says that she learned this business from her mother some years ago. The loan that she is now getting is to increase her capital (purchase noodles, oil and rice in bulk), which she will get from the wholesalers in the city of El Alto and later, after preparations, she will sell in her food stand in the city of El Alto. This type of work allows her to generate resources to support her family economically since she is single and has one child. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes the savings and the health area that the institution offers.