A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy alpaca wool and beef for the store.

Sartawi Group's story

The Sartawi communal bank is starting cycle #7. It is part of the Los Andes focal center. It has prior communal bank experience so they feel sure that the members are trustworthy people. It has 10 members, nine women and one man.

The businesses are different: service, production or commerce. Among them we find: bakery, bag production, tullmas (hair braiding decorations) production, machine shop, shoe sales, store, stocked store, sewing workshop, doll and puppet making crafts.

The Sartawi communal bank is led by a Board of Directors comprised of a President, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.

The President, Sabina, has participated in three group cycles. She’s married and has four children. In time she has developed two businesses. On the one hand she’s a craftsperson weaving miniature clothes and little animals; she makes pictures of Andean scenes with natural wools and on the other hand she has a small neighborhood store in her home. The requested loan will be used to expand the store and sell meat as well as to buy bolts of alpaca wool. She indicates that because she uses alpaca wool it’s best to buy it at wholesale to earn profits.

When she is asked why she’s in Pro Mujer she answers that it’s because of the friends, the savings and the option to manage petty cash.

In this group: Sabina, Damiana Elizabeth, Monica, Juan, Sofia Rocio, Mario, Mónica, Benita, Alejandra, Susana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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