A loan of $2,250 helped a member to purchase cheese.


Alegria Group's story

The Communal Association “Alegria” (Joy) is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana Community Center. This group consists of ten members and is led by a Board of Directors. Sra. Julia serves as its president. Sra. Julia says that she is receiving her first loan with the “Alegria” Communal Association. Now she plans to increase her inventory of cheeses that she sells as a street vendor in the cities of La Paz (along the streets of Rodríguez and Gran Poder) and El Alto. This type of work enables her to support her family. Julia is married and contributes financially to her household. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Sra. Julia said she enjoys being given the opportunity to access credit with a solidarity guarantee as well as the treatment she receives from her loan officer who encourages her to move forward. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different businesses. These include selling cheese, selling meat, weaving blankets, making crafts, selling vegetables, selling fish, and selling quinoa. Upon visiting this group at their meeting, one could sense the strong friendship that exists among the members. One member named Yola is not in the photo because she had to leave abruptly for personal reasons.

In this group: Julia, Fabiana, Flora, Maxima, Ana María, Reina Benita, Macaria, Cesar Luis, Yola*, Claudia Mónica
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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