A loan of $1,825 helped a member to buy fabric.

Barrio Lindo Group's story

The “BARRIO LINDO” (Beautiful Neighborhood) community bank is just starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Cascada regional office. The group has eight members and is run by an executive committee which is led by Paula. The businesses that the bank members are engaged in are varied and include: selling leather change purses, braiding blankets, transport, selling food, sewing, running a small family restaurant, selling food and selling milk.

Paula tells us that this is the first time she has joined a Pro Mujer community bank. She joined via an invitation from Marina, a promotor who came to Barrio Lindo. Paula has a dressmaking workshop where she makes women's clothes. She has been working there since she migrated from Brazil 20 years ago.

Paula will use the loan that she has requested to buy fabrics (which will help her to increase her capital). She will buy her fabrics in Mariscal Santa Cruz Street, Max Paredes, La Paz. She will then sell the products that she makes wholesale, with the help of her husband and her seamstresses. This work allows Paula to make money to support her family. She is married and has three children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the ease of the loans which give you money with which to increase your income.

In this group: Paula, Maria Luisa, Flora, Nora, Arminda, Rosa, Anastacia, Silvia Rosmery
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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