A loan of $1,600 helped a member to stock her store.


Tarapaca Group's story

The “TARAPACA” communal association is made up of eight women and is a part of Pro Mujer (Professional Woman) in the Senkata office. Mercedes is the president and the women are involved in a number of businesses including running a store, selling food, driving a taxi, construction, making blankets, vegetable sales and sewing.

Mercedes says that she has been with Pro Mujer for one year and joined after being invited by a friend. Now she has a neighborhood store that she started on her own. She will use the money from this loan to buy merchandise (sardines, bread, noodles, etc). This type of work allows her to earn an income and support her family. She is married and has two children. She says that she likes to share with her fellow Pro Mujer members.

In this group: Mercedes, Eugenia, Margarita Eva, Rolando Franz, Olga Cristina, Magdalena, Lucia, Roxana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes


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