A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy a kitchen equipment (to renew it) and foodstuffs.

Amapolas Group's story

The “AMAPOLAS” (Poppies) communal bank is starting its second cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Villa Exaltación Focal Center. It has 8 members: one man and 7 women.

The “AMAPOLAS” communal bank set up its governing board thus: Eva Ema is President, Catalina is Treasurer and Celia is Recording Secretary. The businesses the members are involved in are varied. They have to do with commerce, services and production. Among them we have: daily meals, food sales, carpentry, hardware store, kitchenware sales, alpaca sweater weaving and cosmetics sales.

Eva, “Amapolas” communal bank President tells us that she’s currently running a daily meals preparation business. It’s been in existence two years. She used to sell in a stand in the city of La Paz. She changed business because she felt her children needed more of her attention, in particular her fifteen-year-old (the youngest). This is why she started this business much closer to home. She used the prior loan to buy foodstuffs. The loan she’s requested now will be used to buy kitchen equipment, which she needs to renovate; any remainder will be used to buy food.

Eva is a woman living with her three children: two boys and one girl. Her oldest son is married and lives in another house. Eva is proud of her children because she has supported them by herself and has provided them with education so that they have become upstanding citizens. She has worked with Pro Mujer for two cycles.

When she’s asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she answers that she likes to share with her fellow members.

In the photo there are nine women because the mother of one of the members attended; she’s carrying an infant in her arms.

In this group: Eva Emma, Maria Catalina, Luisa Elena, Celia, Hilda Ifigenia, Carmen Rosa, Luz Daniela, Freddy Raul

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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