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Las Mayas Group
In this Group: Lucia, Mariela, Maruja, Petrona, Maruja, Virginia*, Graciela, Marisabel, Ana Maria
* not pictured
The “Las Mayas” group (translated from the Aymara language, "the first ones") is starting its fourth cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana office. It is made up of ten members. The community bank is directed by a board made up of a president, treasurer and a secretary. The members' businesses are varied: food sales, sewing sweaters, selling shoes, knitting sweaters, hardware, selling CD's, selling Broster chicken, selling french fries, knitting centros (underwear that women wear under skirts), and food sales. Lucia, the community bank secretary, says that she has been a member of the Las Mayas community bank for four cycles. She is currently single and does not currently have any plans to start a family. Her business is weaving sweaters and blankets by hand and with a machine. She started weaving sweaters three years ago and she has been weaving blankets for four months. She learned these skills from her sister. She makes these sales on the street in the 16 de Julio zone, in the Thursday and Sunday markets. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes talking, laughing and sharing with her friends.
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La B.C. “Las Mayas” (traducido del idioma aymara podriamos decir "las primeras")iniciará el ciclo número cuatro en Pro Mujer, como parte del Centro Focal de Panamericana. Está compuesta por diez integrantes, la banca comunal está dirigida por una mesa directiva compuesta por una presidenta, una tesorera y una secretaria de actas. Los negocios que las integrantes de la banca comunal llevan adelante son variados: comerciante y venta de comida, comerciante y costura de chompas, venta de calzados, tejidos de chompas, ferretería, comerciante de CD´s, venta de pollos a la Broster, venta de papas fritas, tejido de centros (ropa interior que usan las señoras por debajo de la pollera, en número de tres o cuatro), venta de comida.

La señorita Lucia, secretaria de actas de la banca comunal, indica que forma parte de la B.C. “Las Mayas” cuatro ciclos. Actualmente soltera, no tiene planificado formar familia por ahora. Su negocio es el tejido a máquina y a mano, chompas y mantas. Comenzó tejiendo chompas hace tres años y hace cuatro meses que teje mantas, habilidades que aprendió de su hermana.

Las ventas son realizadas de manera ambulante en la zona 16 de julio, en las ferias de los días jueves y domingo.

Cuando se le consulta que le gusta de Pro Mujer, ella comenta que le gusta hablar, reir y compartir con sus compañeras.

Additional Information

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Bolivia

  • $5,500
    Average annual income
  • 126
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    Bolivia Loans Fundraising
  • $36,721,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 7.0
    Bolivia Bolivianos (BOB) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Las Mayas Group's $2,150 loan helped a member the purchase of wool.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 15, 2011