A loan of $2,225 helped a member to buy rugs.

Villa Anta Group's story

The communal bank "Villa Anta" will begin its fifth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the "Los Andes" regional office. It is composed of eight members and is directed by a board of directors headed by Señora Nora. The businesses which the members of the communal bank run are varied; among them we have selling Maltin (a nonalcoholic malt-based beverage), weaving rugs, selling food, making balls, selling salteñas (baked empanadas), selling ice cream, and selling strawberries.

Señora Nora indicates that she has worked with Pro Mujer for a number of cycles and that she joined the institution through the invitation of a loan officer. Now she has a business where she sells rugs, in which she has been working for years, having learned the business from her parents.

The loan that she will take out now will be used to increase her capital (buy rugs), which she will acquire from El Alto and later sell at her sales stall. This form of work allows her to generate resources to support her family, since she is in a common-law marriage and has two children.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health center.

Señora Francisca was not present in the photograph for cultural reasons.

In this group: Nora , Juana, Remigia , Cristina, Avelina, Beatriz Sonia , Francisca *, Lucia
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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