A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy wool.

Miel Group's story

The “MIEL” ["Honey"] communal bank will be starting its fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Santiago II service center. It is made up of eight members and led by a board of directors, headed by Faviana. The businesses operated by the members of this communal bank are diverse, and they include handicrafts, vegetable sales, sales of preserved foods, jewelry work, shoe sales, perfume sales, and blanket making and selling.

Faviana reports that she has been a member of a communal bank with Pro Mujer for years, after entering on the invitation of her colleagues. Currently, she has a business making and selling blankets. She has been working in this area for years, and she learned the profession from her mother.

The loan she will now be taking out is to buy wool, which will help her increase her stock of merchandise. She buys it from stores in the city of El Alto, and after she makes her blankets, she sells them at the markets in the same city. This business helps her support her family; she is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the training in the areas of health and credit.

[One of the members,] Rosmini, is not shown in the photograph; she preferred not to participate for cultural reasons.

In this group: Faviana, Lucia, Ignacia , Lourdes Tahirih, Catalina , Rosmini*, Maruja, Elenita
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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