A loan of $5,375 helped a member to purchase supplies for her food business.

Esperanza De Collpani Group's story

The “Esparanza De Collpani” [“Hope of Collpani] group will begin its twenty-fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer. It is part of the Collpani regional office and is made up of eleven members, who are managed by a board that is headed by Santusa. The members of the group are involved in various types of businesses, including running a store, serving as a minibus conductor, running a bookstore with telephone services, and selling items such as food, spare parts, handicrafts, groceries, syrup, and clothing.

Santusa says that she has worked with Pro Mujer for five years, and that she joined the organization after a friend invited her. Her business is selling food, which she has done for years, since she learned the business from her mother who also sold food.

Santusa will use the loan to increase her working capital so she can purchase supplies. She plans to purchase the items she needs at a street market in La Paz and then prepare and sell the food at her shop. This business helps her to support her family, since she is a single mother and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Santusa answered that she likes the training and the organization’s friendly relationship with its members.

In this group: Santusa Rosa , Celinda Natalia, Norah , Mary Isabel, Victoria Rita, Teofila Celestina , Sergio , Juana , Silveria Florentina, Balvina, Elvira Nicolasa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Chris Knutson

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