A loan of $2,975 helped a member purchase of underwear.

Costeñitas Ii Group's story

The "Costeñitas" communal bank will start its fourth cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Exaltación regional office. It is made up of ten members. Their businesses are varied: selling cosmetics, selling beer, running a grocery store, running a stand inside a school, selling clothing, running a store, selling candy, lodging, carpentry, and selling perfume and provisions.

Amanda, president of the communal bank, has been part of the "Costeñitas" communal bank for two cycles, approximately one year. She took a break between the first and second cycle. Currently divorced and the mother of two children, her business is the buying and selling of underwear. Nine years ago, Amanda lost her job, and that's when she decided to follow the advice of a friend and make a trip to bring underwear from Iquique, a city on the Chilean coast, and travel around selling it to private and public institutions. This business allows her to care for her children and her home, and make the best use of her time.

The loan she has requested will allow her to travel to the city of Iquique to collect the merchandise that she has already ordered for the end of the year: red and yellow underwear. This is in response to the belief that if one wears red underwear, one will have the love they hope for, and if one wears yellow underwear, this year there will always be money in one's wallet.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she notes that the loan and the bimonthly payments are very comfortable for her.

In this group: Amanda, Viviana Leticia, Maria Cristina, Elsa Ruth, Beatriz, Sadet, Guadalupe, Omar Roly*, Cecilia Juana, Maria Eugenia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Karen Monat

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