A loan of $1,975 helped a member to purchase toys.

Manzanitas Group's story

Manzanitas Communal Bank is beginning its first cycle in Centro Focal de Senkata. There are eight members. The businesses of these women are in merchandise, production and service: toy sales, sewing traditional dresses, toys, cheese sales, vegetable sales, sausages, potato sales, and sewing tablecloths. The directors board is made of the president, Julia, the treasurer, Marcelina, and as secretary, Martha. Many of the women say that they already have experience working with loans and also say that they know each other well, which gives them confidence that this cycle will end successfully. Julia, president of the B.C. “Manzanitas” has a household made up of her partner and her three children. Several years ago, her sister taught her the business in potatoes and pork, buying from people in the outskirts of the city of El Alto and selling in the markets of the city of El Alto. However, due to the Christmas season, Julia wants to invest this loan in the purchase of toys because the demand for them has grown.

When she is asked what she likes most about Pro Mujer, the answer is, “the free advice.”

In this group: Julia, Marcelina, Lourdes, Nydia, Maria, Blanca Janeth*, Martha, Graciela Maria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rebecca Towle

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