A loan of $1,875 helped a member to buy vicuña wool.

Luz De Vida Group's story

The Panamericana Focal Center is in the west side of the city of El Alto. Form a nearby area the “Luz de Vida” (Light of Life) association has emerged. They are now ready to start their second cycle. The group is composed of nine people, eight women and one man.

Isabel is association President. She comments that she became aware of Pro Mujer thanks to the invitation from a promoter. Her business is fruit sales and artisanal blanket weaving. She learned how to weave blankets from her mother. She worked with her for four years. Her first loan was for Bs.1500 and she used it to buy alpaca wool. This new requested loan is for Bs.2500 and it will be used to buy vicuña wool. The wool is bought at the 16 de Julio market and sales are Thursdays and Sundays from 6:30am until 11am at the same market.

When she was asked what she liked about Pro Mujer she answered that she liked everything about it but in particular sharing in the meetings with her fellow group members.

The group members have a variety of different businesses. Some sell coca leaves, other sell vicuña wool. Some are blanket weavers, butchers, grocers and telephone card salespeople.

In this group: Isabel , Elena, Juana, Elena Aurora, Maribel, Sonia, Rosmery, Primitiva, Juan Jose*
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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