A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy rice, sugar and cooking oil.

24 De Mayo Group's story

The 24 de Mayo" communal bank is starting its first loan cycle through the Villa Adela regional office. It is made up of six members, and Isabel is the chair. The members of the group carry on various businesses, including fiberglass work, spinning vicuña wool, grocery store, bread sales, sewing bedcovers and weaving shawls.

Isabel tells us that this is the first time she has belonged to a communal bank within Pro Mujer, and that she was invited to do so by a field worker. Currently, she has a general store business, the same one she has been working in for several years.

The loan she will be getting now is for increasing her working capital through the purchase of rice, sugar and cooking oil, which she will buy in the traditional markets of El Alto, and then sell at her permanent stand. Working in this way, she helps her family get ahead in life, as she is in a common-law relationship and has two children.

When we ask her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health education.

Isabel does not appear in the photo because she was at a medical appointment.

In this group: Isabel , Viviana, Aida , Juana, Isabel*, Juana
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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