A loan of $1,800 helped a member to buy flour, sugar, etc.

Las Abejas Group's story

“Las Abejas" (The Bees) community bank is just starting its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Los Andes regional office. The group has eight members and is run by a board of directors which is led by Carmen. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include: making sports clothes, selling gently-worn clothing, selling potatoes and chuño (freeze-dried potato), selling straw mattresses, knitting sweaters, making blankets and macrame, knitting caps and selling vegetables.

Carmen says that she has been working with Pro Mujer for six months. She joined the institution through an invitation from a friend and currently has a business selling cakes. She has been in this business for six months and learned the trade from a friend.

Carmen is requesting this loan to increase her capital (buying flour, sugar, etc.). She will buy her supplies in La Ceja and use them to make her products which she will sell in local street markets. This work enables her to make money with which to support her family. She lives with her partner and has three children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, Carmen replied that she likes the training. In the photo we can see that Justa is not there. She had a doctor's appointment.

In this group: Carmen, Olga, Maria , Julia , Justa*, Alicia , Paula, Margarita
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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