A loan of $2,325 helped a member to purchase soft drinks, beer, and supplies for preparing dishes.

Unión Estrella Group's story

The Communal Bank “Unión Estrella” (Union Star) is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Senkata Community Center. This group consists of eight members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Lola. The members of this Communal Bank have succeeded in their various businesses in the retail, manufacturing, and service sectors.

Sra. Lola says that this is the first time she has worked with Pro Mujer after receiving an invitation at a promotional event. She currently has a business selling food and Bolivian tamales. Lola started her business ten years ago.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital so that she can buy soft drinks, beer, and supplies for preparing her dishes. She acquires her supplies in bulk in the neighborhood of La Ceja and at El Puente Vela (a commercial area in the city of El Alto). Lola sells her dishes Monday through Saturday at the No. 692 Minibus Stop. By working in this manner, she is able to generate income to support her family as much as possible. Lola is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Lola said that she enjoys the continuing education seminars and the basic health services.

In this group: Lola, Elena Aurora, Marianela, Elsa Sonia, Antonia, Bertha Janeth, Basilia, Julia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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