A loan of $3,125 helped a member to buy materials for making frozen treats.

1 De Abril Group's story

The '1 de Abril' community bank is about to begin its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Panamericana regional office. The group has eleven members and is run by a board of directors which has Justina as its president. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include: handicrafts (hats), selling clothes, knitting gloves, making frozen treats, knitting blankets, providing transportation services, selling accessories, butcher's shop, sewing jackets, carpentry and selling furniture.

Justina tells us that she has been working with Pro Mujer for one year and joined the institution through an invitation from a loan officer in her area. Justina currently has a business making frozen treats. She has been working in this business for two years and learned the trade from her husband.

Justina will use the loan that she is requesting to increase her capital (buying materials with which to make her frozen treats). She will buy her supplies in La Ceja and, after making the products, she will sell them in her store. This work enables her to make the income she needs to support her family. Justina is single and has six children.

When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, Justina replied that she likes the training, the health service and the savings.

In this group: Justina, Valeria , Zulema , Nicolasa, Freddy, Dayce , Veronica Zayda, Pamela Jhiovana, Jilda, Wilma Eugenia, Ruth Gladys
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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