A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy coca leaves to sell.

Flor Naciente Group's story

The communal bank "Flor Naciente" will start its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer; they meet in the Pro Mujer central office in Villa Exaltacion. The group has 8 members, and is led by a board of directors including the secretary, Seferina. This group has a variety of businesses: the members sell coca leaves, sew pants, sell vegetables, work as drivers in public transportation, sell salchipapas (a typical dish including sausages and fried potatoes), and sell plastic products.

Seferina tells us that she was invited to join Pro Mujer two years ago, and has been working with Pro Mujer ever since. Now she has a business selling coca leaves; other women merchants helped her to learn this business.

The loan that she will take now will be used to increase her working capital (to buy coca leaves.) She will make her purchases in Villa Fatima, and she sells her products in an itinerant manner. This form of working will allow her to generate resources to support her family; she lives in a common-law marriage and has 2 children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answered that she likes the savings and the gifts.

In this group: Seferina, Petrona, Delia , Juana, Amalia, Donato, Lucia Rosmery, Andrea

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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