A loan of $2,325 helped a member to purchase stock items, consumibles and raw materials.

Las Principiantes Group's story

Las Principiantes (The Beginners) is a group of 9 women and one man who belong to the Juan Pablo II focus center. They are all hard workers and very tenacious in the various enterprises they have entered into and have been together approximately 7 years. The current president is Jimena. One of the members is Julia, 43. She has been a member of this group since its founding and she states that the loans that ProMujer has been able to provide have been a great help for her motors and motor parts sales business. When she is asked how it was that she got into this kind of business, she relates that her husband is a mechanic and many of his customers who would come in for repairs often wanted to buy new motors or better models of the ones they currently owned. So, she decided to sell motors and, not only that, but replacement part, too. She remembers that with her first loan she purchased piston rings. With time, her husband got a new job so she could no longer count on his expertise in the motor buying and selling business so she began a new enterprise: the sale of tennis shoes which she sells at the 16 of July Fair (Market) in the city of El Alto. It is for this new activity that she needs this new loan. Like Julia, her partners have different and varied activities such as the sale of salchipapa (a dish made of potatoes and fried sausage), transportation services and skirt making.

In this group: Jimena Gregoria, Maria, Julia, Sabina, Graciela, Natividad, Juana, Marizabeth, Vilma, Erick

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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