A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy noodles, rice, sugar, etc.

Coca Group's story

The “C.” community bank is about to start its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Patacamaya regional office. The group has ten members and is run by a board of directors which is led by Medelinne. The businesses that the members of the community bank carry out are varied and include: a neighborhood store, a locksmith's, offering online games, selling food ('rellenos'), selling CDs, selling soft drinks and selling meals.

Medelinne says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for six months. She joined through an invitation from another member. She currently has a neighborhood store that she has run for three years. She learned the business from her sister-in-law.

Medelinne will use the loan that she is taking out to buy more merchandise (oil, rice, noodles, etc.). She will buy these products from wholesalers in her town. She will then re-sell them in her store. This work allows Medelinne to make income to support her family. She lives with her partner and has two children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, Medelinne replied that she likes the health training.

In the photograph, the group are joined by their loan officer, who is dressed in coffee-colored clothes, as this is the first group from this regional office that has started working with Kiva.

In this group: Maydelinne, Ivan, Jorge, Miriam Carla , Milena, Basilia, Judith , Yolanda , Juan Carlos, Isabel

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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