A loan of $1,400 helped a member to buy vegetables.

25 De Marzo Group's story

The “25 DE MARZO” (March 25th) community bank is beginning its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Adela regional office. The group has eight members and its president is Juana. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include: macramé-ing blankets, weaving 'enaguas' (traditional underskirts) by machine, macramé and spinning yarn, knitting sweaters, buying and selling livestock, selling vegetables and selling fruit.

Juana, the bank's president, says that she has been working with Pro Mujer for 10 years and became a member of the institution when they were doing some promotional activities in her area.

Juana has a business selling vegetables which she has owned for 17 years. She tells us that she learned the business from her older sister. Juana will use the loan that she is currently requesting to increase her merchandise (buying vegetables). She buys her merchandise in La Ceja, in the city of El Alto and sells it in street markets from Monday to Sunday, from 7.00am to 8.00pm. This work allows her to make the money she needs to support her family. Juana lives with her partner and has three children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the comprehensive services they offer, the health services and the loans.

In this group: Juana, Marcela, Maria, Digna, Alaberta, Martita, Gregoria Maria, Carmen

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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