A loan of $3,775 helped a member to buy second hand truck cabins.

Amigas Unidas Group's story

The “AMIGAS UNIDAS” (United Friends) communal bank is starting its 11th cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Santiago II Focal Center. It has 13 members; one man and 12 women. The group is very unified; they like to share. Eleven active members appear in the photo. One of the members (in the brown checked vest) is temporarily dropping out of the group and Inés, who is serving food, and Jeannette, who was at the health clinic, don’t appear in the photo.

The “AMIGAS UNIDAS” communal bank set up its governing board thus: Lucila is President, Valeria is Treasurer and Elias is Recording Secretary. The businesses the communal bank members are involved in are varied; they have to do with commerce, services and production.

Valeria, communal bank Treasurer, indicates that the business she currently has together with her husband is painting truck cabins. When her husband was employed at a firm he learned how to pain autos and now they both work painting truck cabins. She used the initial loans to buy a soldering iron, compressor and oxygen, all necessary elements for the work. The current loan will be used to buy the cabins (it’s a matter of buying them second hand, the ones that have been damaged by time or by an accident). To accomplish the purchase she travels to cities near El Alto: Oruro and Cochabamba. Sales take place at her workshop.

Valeria is a 30 year old woman living with her husband and three children. She has collaborated with Pro Mujer for twelve cycles. When she is asked what she likes best about Pro Mujer she answers that she likes sharing with her fellow members.

In this group: Valeria, Marina, Helen, Jeannette*, Teodoro, Elvira, Maria Fernanda, Elias Henry, Victoria, Clara, Zulma, Ines*, Lucila
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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