A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy a cow.

Mujeres Trabajando Group's story

The “Mujeres Trabajando” (Women Working) communal bank will start its third cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Cascada Focal Center. It has 8 members and is led by a governing body the head of which is Elena, President. Silvia is Treasurer and Delfina is Recording Secretary. The businesses that the members of the communal bank have are varied: making macramé items, bookstore, hand knitting, sale of “api” (hot beverage made from purple corn that’s served with fried turnovers or fried dough), butcher shop and clothing sales.

Elena, communal bank President, states that she’s been a member of the “Mujeres Trabajando” communal bank for fifteen months. Madame President has had an artisanal bed weaving business for 20 years. She states that she needed money to cover household expenses. On this occasion she is asking for a loan to buy a cow at the Patacamaya livestock fair.

Elena is an adult woman of 57 years, married and the mother of 8 children. When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she answers that she likes the training.

In this group: Elena, Silvia Paula, Martha, Delfina, Ruth Santusa, Viridiana, Martha, Miriam Wilma

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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