A loan of $1,350 helped a member purchase fabric.

Estrellitas Group's story

The “ESTRELLITAS” (Little Stars) communal bank will be starting their first cycle with Pro Mujer as a part of the Santiago II office. The communal bank has seven members. The board of directors is led by Rebeca. The members' businesses include selling food, cakes, sweaters, soft drinks and candy, wool, polleras and running a grocery store.

Rebeca says that this is first time she has worked with Pro Mujer. She became a member through an invitation from her advisor. Currently, she has a business making polleras (Bolivian pleated skirts). She has had this business for some time.

The loan she is taking out now will be used to increase her capital in order to buy wholesale fabrics from La Ceja. After she makes the polleras, she will sell them in Cochabamba. This kind of work allows her to generate income in order to support her family. She has a common-law marriage and three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she said that she likes the training.

In this group: Rebeca Berna, Felicidad, Victoria, Flora, Juana, Leonora, Gumercinda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lauren Jackson

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