A loan of $2,950 helped a member the purchase of fasteners and thread.

Unidad Vecinal C Group's story

The “Unidad Vecinal C” C.B. [Neighborhood Unity C Communal Bank] will begin their second cycle in ProMujer as part of the Focal Center of The Andes. They have exceeded the first cycle in that they have identified their strengths and their weaknesses. The group is comprised of ten members. The businesses that they undertake are varied: the sale of cheese, milk, potatoes; the sale of dried goods staples; the sale of blankets, the sale of food, the making of sportswear, the sale of oats, the sale of school supplies, the sale of jackets. The directive board is comprised of a president, a treasurer and a secretary of minutes.

Mrs. Genoveva, the communal bank’s president, says that she is part of the C.B. (communal bank) thanks to an invitation from a few friends. Married and the mother of four children, she has been in the sportswear making business for over eight years. Her husband was the one who taught her. She says that over time she has succeeded in developing a quality product and that the quality of the fabric and of the sewing are very important for maintaining a space in the market, as there is a lot of competition.

When asked about what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that first and foremost are the savings, and secondly she likes the opportunity she has of sharing with her partners.

In this group: Genoveva, Herlinda, Faviola, Isabel, Felicidad, Haydee Lizet, Rosa Francisca, Elisa*, Amalia, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kimberly Friedland

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