A loan helped a member to buy quinoa, sugar, and milk in bulk.

Artesanas Group's story

The "Artesanas" communal bank is requesting its sixth loan with Pro Mujer, via the regional office in Villa Exaltación. It is made up of eight members and is run by a governing board of which Ilda is the president. The businesses run by the members of the communal bank are many and varied, including: selling quinoa juice, selling blankets, neighborhood stores, selling perfumes, selling sports apparel, selling salchipapas, construction services, selling toys, and selling petticoats.

The loan they are taking out will benefit small microbusinesses of which Ilda is a member. She explains that it is her third year as a member of Pro Mujer; she joined after being invited by a neighbor who is part of the group. She currently has a business selling quinoa juice, which she learned how to run from her mother-in-law over several years.

The loan she is taking out is to increase her capital (for purchase of quinoa, milk and sugar in bulk) that she will buy from wholesale sellers in La Paz, which she will use to make and sell the product in her place of business. This work allows her to earn money to support her family economically, since she is single and has a son.

When she is asked what she likes about ProMujer, she answers that she likes the health care that the organization offers.

In the photo there are nine members, as doña Maritza came to the meeting accompanied by her daughter.

In this group: Ilda, Maritza , Janet Raimunda , Nelly , Janette Gladys , Rene , Viviana Lizeth , Shirley Roxana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Andrea Shah.

This loan is special because:

It empowers women through group lending.

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