A loan of $3,475 helped a member to buy scrap metal.

Cristal Group's story

The communal bank “Cristal” will begin its sixteenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer. As part of the Villa Exaltation office, it is made up of eight members and is steered by a group of directors, of which María is the president. The businesses owned by the members of the communal bank are varied. Among them are: fruit sales, cosmetics sales, selling gelatins, clothing sales, woven crafts sales, selling quinoa juice, a small grocery store, and buying scrap metal.

María Martha says she has been a member of Pro Mujer for ten years. She became involved at the invitation of friends. Now she has a business buying scrap metal, which she has had for several years and which she learned from a steel business.

The loan she will now take is for the growth of her business, buying scrap metal that she will get in El Alto and then sell from her business place. This type of work allows her to generate income to help support her family; she is married and has nine children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health care and training.

In the photo we can see two friends of Ines’ daughter, who is wearing pink, and the husband of Emiliana, the gentleman wearing a baseball cap in the center.

In this group: Maria Martha , Emiliana , Luisa, Silvana, Justina, Ines, Regina , Ayda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jennifer Day

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