A loan of $2,250 helped a member to buy fabric and thread.


Siempre Vivas Group's story

The “Siempre Vivas” (Always Living) communal bank will start its first cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Santiago II Center. It has nine members led by a governing board headed by Angélica. The members of the communal bank carry out a variety of businesses like: metal shop, sewing, manufacturing gloves for archers, sportswear manufacturing, food sales, jewelry, ‘pasanaku’ (a traditional Bolivian method of group money saving).

Angélica indicates that she’s been working with Pro Mujer for fifteen years but dropped out five years ago. Now, invited to rejoin by one of the promoters, she decided to work with the institution again. Currently, she has a business sewing implements for archery. She learned this business from her family and has been in it for 16 years.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase her capital; she will buy fabric and thread at wholesale on Isac Tamayo Street and after making the items will sell them in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba Departments. This way of life makes it possible for her to generate resources to help out her family since she’s married and has two children.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health clinic.

In this group: Angelica Maria , Hilda , Yolanda , Gerson Efriain, Gladys Arminda, Susset Rosa, Martha, Melissa, Betshabe
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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