A loan of $2,950 helped a member to purchase flour and sugar.

27 De Mayo Group's story

The May 27th Communal Bank is starting its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Copacabana Community Center. This group consists of 10 members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Susana. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different business such as selling “api” (a breakfast beverage made from corn), sewing, selling food, weaving, selling livestock, selling freeze-dried potatoes, and selling pork.

Sra. Susana says she joined Pro Mujer a year and a half ago after being invited by a promoter. She currently manages a business selling “api” that she started 10 years ago. Susana learned this trade from her mother.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to buy flour and sugar for making the pastries that are served with the “api”. She will buy her supplies at the Saturday fair in Batallas and then sell her products in La Paz. Working in this manner will generate income for Susana so that she can support her family. She is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Susana said that she enjoys the health services that are promoted through the organization’s wellness campaigns.

In this group: Susana, Aorelia, Gaby , Fortumata, Maruja, Nelly Yohana , Eugenia , Justa, Adelia, Adela

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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