A loan of $2,950 helped a member to buy leather.


Paraiso Group's story

The “Paraíso” (Paradise) communal bank will start its first cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Collpani Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board with Yesenia as its treasurer. The members of the communal bank carry out a variety of businesses. Among them we have: shoe making, general merchandise sales, Broasted chicken sales, beauty salon, shoe sales and clothes sales.

Yesenia indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for three years having been invited to join by some girlfriends. She currently has a “cholita” [traditional indigenous] and women’s shoe manufacturing business that she’s been operating for years. She learned it from her father.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase working capital (purchase of leather) that she’ll buy in street markets in La Paz and after manufacturing will sell in her sales space. This way of working allows her to generate resources to help her family in whatever way possible since she’s single and has a son.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health services and the understanding.

In this group: Nataly Maritza , Maria Luisa , Florencia, Maria Elena, Yesenia Ibeth, Benita, Amelia Valeria, Veronica
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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