A loan of $1,725 helped a member to purchase dehydrated potatoes, corn, peppers and wheat.


Nueva Amistad Group's story

The cooperative bank “NUEVA AMISTAD” (“New Friendship”) is a group of 8 women who decided to join together for a loan and training. They will be part of the focal center of Panamericana, and are starting their first cycle.

Each one of the members has their own business involving a service, production or commerce. Among them we have: butcher, condiment sales, tailor, seafood sales, neighborhood general store, knitwear, candy and French fries sales.

The organization has a management board comprised of a president, Ms. Elena, a treasurer, Ms. Jovita, and a secretary, Ms. Rita.

The Treasurer, Ms. Jovita, is married and has 5 sons and a daughter. Her business is located at the Lagunas Market, and consists of selling chuño remojado (dehydrated potatoes, re-hydrated for use), boiled wheat, stewed maize, and ground peppers. She started this business on her own three years ago, after taking notice that these types of items were missing at the market (ready for use in the kitchen). On the days she sells, she gets help from her daughter.

The loan portion she requested is 800 Bolivianos, and will be used to buy dehydrated potatoes, wheat, corn and dry peppers. This is her first time working with Pro Mujer and, when asked what attracts her most to the institution, she replies “the savings”.

In this group: Jovita, Elena, Feliza, Martha, Balentina, Brigida Cristina, Maria, Rita

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer


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