A loan of $2,325 helped a member purchase of supplies, rice, noodles and oil.

Palomas Group's story

The PALOMAS community bank are beginning their first loan cycle in the Cascada regional office. However, the group contains some members who have already taken part in Pro Mujer's services. This is the case for the president of the group, Virginia, who comments that she has been with the organization for twelve years. The Palomas group has eight members, seven women and one man.

Leonarda is a mature lady who is 52 years old. She is divorced and has four children. She says that she has participated in other community banks and with the money her business has grown and she has been able to improve her living conditions. Her business started with a small stall in the doorway of her home from where she sold deep-fried chicken. Over time she managed to make the alterations necessary to open a guesthouse. In addition, she comments that some years ago she received a check up in the doctor's office at Pro Mujer which saved her life since it diagnosed an illness which required an emergency operation.

The loan she has requested of 2000 bolivianos will be used to buy supplies for her guest house. With respect to the businesses which the rest of the organization's members carry out, they are varied and include: guest house, hand-made wool pictures, making braided rugs, embroideries, dressmaking, cosmetics sales, buying and selling of silver and gold, and grocery sales.

In this group: Virginia, Yola, Candelaria, Judith Milenka, Ivan Gonzalo, Roxana Jimena, Martha Benita, Abigail Lidia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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