A loan of $3,425 helped a member bottles and essences.


Cusisiña Group's story

Cusisiña is the name of this group which is starting its second cycle in the Santiago II Central Office. Cusisiña is an Aymara word which means "to be happy". Maria is the president of the group, and is in her second cycle as are many of her fellow members. Her business is the purchase and sale of perfumes and essences. She started 3 years ago under the guidance of her brother. She now makes her sales in large markets such as the market of the 16 de Julio zone, in the El Alto city. The rest of the days she sells in the afternoons on the outskirts of El Alto. A mother of two, she counts on the support of her husband to carry the business forward. This loan of 1500 Bs will be used for the purchase of bottles and essences.
The group is made up of nine women and one man. They all have different businesses in goods and services, for example: cosmetics sales, food sales, public transport driver, toilet paper sales, a fast food store, perfume and cosmetics sales, and food sales.

In this group: Maria Magdalena, Amalia Rosemary, Patricia Ines, Celia, Virginia, Celia Vilma , Jhannett Lourdes, Alvaro Favio*, Mariana, Maribel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper


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