A loan of $2,500 helped a member to buy fabrics.

Siempre Amigas Group's story

The group “Siempre Amigas” [“Friends Always”] is represented by José Antonio and is maD. up of 11 members—9 women and three women who are very hardworking and responsible.

José Antonio works in his small tailoring shop, located in the market of the city of El Alto. He is the father of three boys, two of school age and one in the university. His wife sells food and soft drinks at the stop for the minibus 36. Together they support their family. Their only desire is to help their children get ahead in life and give them a better quality of life. The loan is to buy materials for work because José Antonio has a big order and he needs to buy fabric to make uniforms.

The other members work in different kinds of businesses, such as sewing sports clothing, selling oil, selling aguayos [type of traditional cloth], selling clothing, selling plastics, and transporting passengers. The members trust in their abilities and in the charisma they have developed in order to sell their products. They offer quality products to the market, which is why competition isn’t much of a problem, because they have a true desire to work. The loans are for increasing their capital, buying merchandise, ingredients, raw materials, and in some cases, parts for machinery.

The communal bank is already in its fourth loan cycle, demonstrating responsibility and a true desire to get ahead, growing each day for the benefit of their households. To clarify, some of the members in the photo are pictured with their spouses.

In this group: Jose Antonio, Valentina, Mary Luz, Roger Gonzalo, Marnely, Patricia Anabela, Grover Amilcar, Victoria Andrea, Maria Elena, Lilian, Julia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details