A loan of $3,125 helped a member to buy yarn.

Las Dalias Group's story

“LAS DALIAS” community bank is about to start its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Exaltación regional office. This group has nine members and is managed by a board of directors. The group's secretary is Susana. The businesses that the women are engaged in are varied and include: selling rugs and comforters, selling CDs, selling fruit, running a small restaurant, knitting bedspreads, aprons and sweaters, and selling meals.

Susana tells us that this is her second loan cycle with Pro Mujer. She joined through an invitation from the organization's advisers and some friends from her area. Susana's business is machine knitting sweaters at home. She tells us that she learned this business in her aunt's home and has been carrying it out for one year.

Susana's current loan will be used to buy yarn (raw material for her products). She buys her yarn in Max Paredez Street (a commercial area in the city of La Paz). After making her products, she sells them as an itinerant street vendor because she doesn't have a fixed sales location. She sells mainly in La Ceja (a commercial area of the city of El Alto) or near schools. This work allows her to make money to support her family. She lives with her partner and has one child.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the training.

In the photo, there is an additional person accompanying the group. This is María's sister but when the photo was taken she preferred to turn her head.

In this group: Maria Ana, Rosa, Paulina Santusa, Flora, Elvira, Susana, Pamela Soledad, Norma, Omar Edwin

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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