A loan of $2,325 helped a member to buy an overlock machine.

Bernitas Group's story

The BERNITAS community bank is about to start its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Exaltación regional office. The bank has eight members and is managed by a board of directors which is led by Guadalupe. The businesses which are carried out by the members of this group are varied and include: sewing vests, distributing beer, selling cold meats and derivative products, selling meals, knitting, selling cosmetics and running a public vehicle.

Guadalupe tells us that this is her first loan cycle with Pro Mujer and she joined through information from her mom. They invited her to take out a loan. Guadalupe currently has a business machine knitting sweaters. She has been in this business for three years. She learned this trade from her sisters-in-law and started out knitting by hand.

Guadalupe will use her loan to buy an overlock machine (to improve the quality of her products). She buys the materials that she uses to make her sweaters from wholesalers in Desaguadero. When she has made her products she sells them in La Ceja and also sells them to family members who sell them wholesale. Through her work, she makes income to support her family. She is married and has one child.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the ease of the loans and the health services.

In this group: Guadalupe Anyela, Aymara Raquel, Eloisa , Jhenny, Jorge Luis, Ofelia , Ilda Marina , Evia Keneth

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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