A loan of $2,150 helped a member the purchase of wool.

Las Mayas Group's story

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.

In this group: Lucia, Mariela, Maruja, Petrona, Maruja, Virginia*, Graciela, Marisabel, Ana Maria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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