A loan of $5,025 helped a member to buy sand for later resale.


Awatiñas Group's story

The communal bank “AWATIÑAS” is starting its fourth loan cycle with Centro Focal de Villa Tejada. The group is comprised of eleven members, and María Elena is the president. The activities that the group members are involved in are diverse - these include sewing, traditional dressmaking, blanket weaving, bricklaying, sand washing, and the sale of sweaters and other clothing.

María Elena tells us that it has been ten years since they formed their communal bank under Pro Mujer, and that she was invited by her brother-in-law. She currently has a sand washing business, which she has worked in for a number of years. Her neighbors have also learned this business.

The loan she is currently seeking is for the purchase of sand. She will purchase the sand through a city agency and later will sell it in another area. The income from this form of work will help her to improve her family's situation, as she is married and has three children. When we asked her what she liked about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the savings and the sharing.

In this group: Maria Elena , Juana Ruperta, Benita, Julia , Filomena, Justina Andrea , Jorge, Lucia Justa , Emma Hilaria, Guillermina, Beatriza
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kevin Bohnert


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