A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy wool, rice, pasta, and potatoes.

Huatajata Group's story

The Huatajata Community Bank is beginning its first loan cycle within the Germán Busch centre. There are eight members in the group. The Board consists of Sra. Alejandrina as president, Sra. Beatriz as treasurer, and Lidia as secretary. Each of the women runs a business: for example making blankets or jackets, baking pastries, or sewing.

President Alejandrina is married and has eight children. She has already had experience with a loan from Pro Mujer so knows how community banks work. She is aware of the importance of group commitment. Alejandrina now needs a loan to start a new business. Three years ago she learned how to weave blankets by buying samples, and then copying them. However, she wants to start selling food as she recently discovered a good location in her neighbourhood. It’s at a bus stop, where people congregate to catch or get off buses. The drivers too are potential customers.

When Alejandrina is asked what she most likes about Pro Mujer, she stresses the importance of being part of a group.

In this group: Alejandrina Catalina, Antonia, Gladys, Josefa, Pamela Ximena, Lidia, Beatriz, Monica

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jane A

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