A loan of $2,775 helped a member to buy sheep and llama yarn and fiber.

Flor De Quinua Group's story

The "Flor de Quinua" community bank is about to start its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Collpani regional office. The group has eight members and is run by an executive committee which is led by Martha. The businesses that the members of the community bank are engaged in include: selling underwear, selling hand-knitted tights, running a mannequin workshop, selling beer, selling clothes, welding, running a general store and selling fish.

Martha tells us that she has been working with Pro Mujer for three years and that she joined through an invitation from a promoter. She currently has a business knitting tights and sweaters which she sells. She has been in this business for forty years and learned the trade from her aunt.

On this occasion, Martha is requesting a loan to buy llama and sheep yarn and fiber. She buys her materials in the street market in 16 de Julio neighborhood (a commercial part of the city of El Alto) and makes her sales to customers in different places. This work has allowed her to make money with which she supports her family as best she can. She was widowed 30 years ago but has managed to provide her four children with an education.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the savings and chatting to her friends. In the photo we can see one man and one woman who accompanied their partners who were taking part in the meeting.

In this group: Martha, Teresa Ines, David, Leonora, Graciela, Alicia, Eugenia Gregoria, Florencia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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