A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy pre-cut fabrics.

18 De Mayo Group's story

The Communal Bank "18 de Mayo" (May 18th) is starting its first loan cycle as part of the Senkata Community Center. The group consists of eight members and is led by Sra. Sipriana as its president. The members of the group engage in different businesses such as selling clothing and woven blankets made of vicuña wool, making "salchipapas" (fried sausages and potatoes), selling food, managing a neighborhood store, recycling scrap metal, and selling turnovers.

Sra. Sipriana says that this is the first time she has joined a Communal Bank with Pro Mujer after being invited by her sister. She currently has a woven blanket business. Sipriana has been in this business for several years and learned this trade from her friends. The loan she is receiving now will be used to diversify her products (with pieces of pre-cut fabric) that she will buy at the traditional fairs of La Paz and then sell woven from her permanent stand. Working in this manner, enables her to move her family forward. Sipriana is in a common-law relationship and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Sipriana said that she enjoys the health classes and the loans.

In this group: Sipriana, Maruja, Margarita, Cristina, Aquilina, Corina, Romelia, Raymunda

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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