A loan of $3,250 helped a member to buy merchandise.

Querer Es Poder Group's story

The 'QUERER ES PODER' (to want is to be able) communal bank has been through five loan cycles. The bank's members are noted for their punctuality in making repayments and their solidarity. Some of the bank's members sell products such as cosmetics and aluminum pans, another works in her store and others make blankets, macramé and weave.

Maria is one of the oldest members of the bank. She is the group's president and her business is selling 'pasankallas' (corn puffs) and toasted noodles with rice which she makes by hand. She sells her products in Copacabana market and she will use her loan to buy her merchandise in bulk. Maria has two children and is separated. She does not live with her husband.

Consuelo is the group's secretary. She makes sausages such as chorizo, 'sil pancho' and 'milanesa D. carne' (both breaded meat dishes popular in Bolivia). She will use her loan to buy more ingredients for making her products in large quantities. She has three children.

All the members of the group are responsible and hard-working people who have managed to get their families ahead in life. They are grateful to the institution for the support they have provided.

In this group: Maria Salome, Martha, Luisa Veronica, Emeliana, Patricia, Florencia, Jenny, Carmen Leticia, Marina, Reyna Maria, Consuelo

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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