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Retamas Group's story

The communal bank "Retamas" will begin its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer through the Centro Villa Exaltación branch office. The group is composed of eight members and is managed by an executive board which has Señora Lourdes as its secretary. The group members' businesses are varied and linclude a store, vegetable sales, planting vegetables, making sports clothing, and selling coffee.

Señora Lourdes tells us that she began working with Pro Mujer three years ago at the invitation of a friend. She now has a confectionary business, which she has been working in for four years, after learning the trade from her sister, who encouraged her to open her business.

The loan that she will take out now will increase her working capital so that she can buy sweets and the ingredients to make them, which she buys on Palenque street (a commercial street in the city of El Alto) and will sell as a walking vendor every day from 9 am to 7 pm. This form of work permits her to generate resources to support her family as much as possible, since she lives in a common law marriage and has five children.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the advice and the training sessions.

In this group: Betzabe Virginia, Epifania, Ruth Vicky , Virginia , Lourdes, Justa, Teodora, Flora Olivia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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