A loan of $2,125 helped a member to buy wool and cones of alpaca yarn for knitting sweaters to sell.

Rosas De Belen Group's story

The “Rosas de Belen” (Roses of Bethlehem) Communal Bank is beginning its 4th loan cycle as part of the “Centro Alto Lima” (Upper Lima Center). It is composed of 8 members, directed by a board headed by Juana. The businesses that the communal association's members carry out are varied; among them are: selling sheepskin jackets, yarn for sweaters, sweaters, ice cream, meals, garlic, cooking oil, and, also, an eatery.

Juana tells us that she has worked with Pro Mujer (Pro Woman) during 2 loan cycles. At present, she has a business knitting alpaca sweaters. She learned to do this from her mother-in-law some 6 years ago.

The loan Juana now seeks is to buy wool and cones of alpaca yarn, which she will acquire at the “16 of July” Fair (a commercial location in the city of El Alto). After knitting the sweaters she sells them to her brother-in-law who places them in stores. The form of work permits Juana to generate income to help her family, including 2 children, as much as possible.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes to pay punctually.

In this group: Juana, Sonia, Lidia, Moises Johnny, Ercilia, Berna, Ana Maria, Aagustina Mery

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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