A loan of $3,100 helped a member purchase foods supplies in bulk.


Yungüeñitas Group's story

The “Yungüeñitas” Communal Association is in its eighteenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana Community Center. There are ten members in this group. The “Yungüeñitas” Communal Association is led by its Board of Directors: Sra. Verónica (President), Sra. Juana (Treasurer), and Sra. Valentina (Secretary of Records). The members of the Communal Association engage in various businesses in order to get ahead. These include selling “tucumanas” (fried turnovers with a beef stew filling), selling CDs, managing an Internet café, selling pork rinds, selling blankets, tailoring, selling chicken dishes, making crafts, and selling clothes.

Sra. Verónica, the President of the Communal Association, says that she has been a member of “Yungüeñitas” for nine years. She is 38 years old, married, and has five children. Verónica currently manages a business selling food from an old tavern in the District of Río Seco. She receives assistance from her children. Sra. Verónica recalls that her first loan was in the amount of $100 USD, which she used to start her business. She bought a stove, dishes, cutlery, pots, a frying pan, and basic kitchen equipment to establish her business. Several years earlier, she learned to cook from her aunt.

Her loan for this cycle will be used to buy food in bulk. Sra. Verónica says that she buys her food in La Ceja in the city of El Alto. The entire Communal Bank is shown in the photo along with another woman who is sharing with the group. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Verónica says she enjoys the training classes, the personal attention Pro Mujer provides, and being able to share with the group. She has also visited the health clinic and says that she received good service.

In this group: Veronica Angelica, Juana Wilma, Luisa, Milcka Shirley, Graciela, Victoria, Valentina, Mariano, Magali Marizel, Sebastiana
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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