A loan of $4,500 helped a member to buy rice, oil and noodles.


Progreso Group's story

The “PROGRESO” community bank are starting their twelfth loan cycle as part of the Juan Pablo II regional office. This group has eight members and its president is Sonia. The activities that the members of this group are engaged in are varied and include: running a neighborhood store, selling food, 'awayos' (traditional textiles), knitted sweaters, roasted chicken, braiding blankets, selling 'salchipapas' (traditional fast food), selling lamb and pork.

Sonia tells us that she has been a member of a Pro Mujer community bank for six months. She was invited to join by one of her fellow group members. She currently has a food business which she has been working in for several years. She learned the business from her mother. Sonia is requesting this loan to increase her working capital (buying rice, oil and noodles). She will buy these products from the street markets in El Alto and will then sell them from her work space. This business helps Sonia to support her family. She is single and has two children.

When we asked Sonia what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she liked the health services.

In this group: Sonia, Petrona, Sinforosa, Silvia Isabel , Carmen Rosa, Dionisia , Beatriz Virginia, Margot Leydi
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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