Total loan: $6,225

Betel Group

El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Health

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A loan helped to buy wholesale herbs.

Betel Group's story

The communal bank "Betel" will begin the the ninth cycle in Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal Santiago Il. It is composed of eight members and is directed by a board of directors in which Justina is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank pursue are varied. Among them include: natural medicine sales, huminta (corn and cheese dough) sales, clothing sales, shoe sales, electrical appliance sales, and transportation services. The loan that they will receive will benefit small micro business owners in which Justina is a member. She points out that 5 years ago when she joined Pro Mujer, she came by the invitation of a friend who is a customer of the institution. Presently, she has a business selling natural medicine. She announced that she started this business with her mother twenty years ago. The loan that she will now receive will be to increase capital (the purchase of wholesale herbs) that she will acquire from the major merchants in the city of El Alto. This purchase will help her prepare her natural medicines to subsequently sell them in her sale space. This form of work allows her to generate resources to support her family economically, now that she is married and has three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health area and the training that the institution offers.