A loan of $3,725 helped a member alpaca wool.

Arenas Del Mar Group's story

A loan group which has completed nine cycles in a focus centre, "Arenas del Mar" is considered mature, as it has already experienced communal living. Over time the loan group has also developed a relationship with the focus centre, which in this case is Centro Focal Santiago II.

Dionicia is the president of the association and one of its oldest members. She says she has been working with Pro Mujer for about five years. She became a member of the group at the invitation of her sister-in-law. She started by weaving for other people, that is, she worked as labourer for six years. Afterwards she realised that she could become independent and she started her own business weaving and selling alpaca wool blankets. Her first loan was for Bs1200, which she used to purchase alpaca wool to make the blankets. The loan she has now requested, for Bs.1500, is for the same purpose. Two more people help her with the business. At the moment she only has one child and lives with her partner. What she most likes about Pro Mujer is the chance to meet with the other members and get some training.

The members in the loan group all have different business, including selling clothes, selling meat, selling vegetables, selling metals, a neighbourhood shop, metal smelting, selling potato flour and potato, weaving and selling alpaca wool blankets.

In this group: Dionicia Plácida, Rita Elza, Cayetana, Natividad, Angelica Benita, Eulalia, Maria Eugenia, Margot Janett, Sabina, Rufina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alba Sort

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