A loan of $2,625 helped a member to buy fabric, thread and backing material.


Tres Marias Group's story

The “TRES MARIAS” ["Three Marias"] communal bank is beginning its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Santiago II Center. It is made up of eight members and led by a board of directors, headed by Teresa. The businesses carried out by the members of the communal bank are varied, including CD sales, the sale of artifacts, food sales, embroidery, shoe production and sales, coca sales, and the production of tailored jackets.

Teresa indicates that this is the fifth month she has worked with Pro Mujer, and she joined on the invitation of a neighbor. Currently, she has a business providing computer-based embroidery, which she has operated for six years. She reports that she learned this business as a student, since she studied information technology.

The loan she is now requesting is to increase her capital (buying fabric for her designs, thread, backing material, etc.). She will buy these items wholesale at La Ceja market, and she will produce her products at home every day. This manner of working allows her to generate resources to support her family as much as possible, since she is married and has one child.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the friends there and the ease of gaining access to health care.

In this group: Teresa Jimena, Jannette Tatiana, Patricia Debora , Maria Esther, Silvia Andrea, Carmen Ivet, Magda Isabel, Olivia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman


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