A loan of $1,850 helped a member purchase wool for weaving & medicinal coca leaves to sell.

Jardin Del Altiplano Group's story

The Communal Association “Jardín del Altiplano” (Garden of Altiplano) is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the German Busch Community Association. The group consists of eight members. This group is led by its Board of Directors and the head of the board is the president, Sra. Olga. The members succeed in various businesses: sand washing, selling coca leaves, breeding rabbits, selling vegetables, operating a neighborhood store, selling “llauchas” (large turnovers filled with cheese and known for being quite juicy), and selling clothes.

Sra. Olga, the president of the “Jardín del Altiplano” Communal Association, says this is the first time she has requested a loan. She is currently married and the mother of seven children. Olga operates a business out of her home in which she weaves bedding on a loom based on orders she receives. Her first loan will be in the amount of 2000 BOB and used for buying wool. She will also buy coca leaves since her family has a side business selling medicinal leaves (an infusion of coca leaves can be used to cure stomach aches and headaches caused by altitude sickness since the city of El Alto stands at more than 3,500 meters above sea level).

When asked what she likes most about Pro Mujer, Sra. Olga replied that she enjoys having this loan.

In this group: Olga, Julia, Isabel, Juana, Eloya, Lucrecia, Sandibel, Hilda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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