A loan of $550 helped a member to buy wool.


San Antonio De San Roque Group's story

The “San Antonio de San Roque” community bank is beginning its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer in the Panamericana regional office. The group has nine members, eight women and one man. The businesses which its members run are varied: making and selling bread, selling chocolates and pastries, neighborhood store, making blankets, starting a new business, making jackets, blanket macramé, knitting, spinning vicuña wool and crocheting.

In the case of the group president Damiana, she is married and has three grown-up children, two girls and a boy. She tells us that she has a knitting business where she sells 'aguayos' (an 'aguayo' is a square-shaped knitted cloth which is approximately one meter long on each side. It is used to carry babies or other things on your back). She learned this trade from her mother more than twenty years ago. Damiana tells us that the 'aguayos' which she makes are very much admired because they are made from natural wool, they are hard-wearing, they keep in the heat of whatever they are wrapped around, perhaps a baby. She makes her 'aguayos' in her home and they are generally made to order. The money which Damiana is requesting will be used to buy wool.

In this group: Damiana, Magdalena Virginia, Yoni, Fermina, Emiliana, Adela, Benita Catalina, Alicia, Santusa Patty

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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