A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy a counter.

Arenas Del Mar Group's story

The “ARENAS DEL MAR” community bank is about to start its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Cascada regional office. The group has nine members and is run by a board of directors of which María Eugenia is the secretary. The businesses that the members of the group are engaged in are varied and include: selling iced treats, knitting baby clothes, running a tire shop, running a neighborhood store, selling soft drinks and gelatin desserts, running a butcher's shop, braiding blankets, selling food and selling alpaca blankets.

María Eugenia says that she joined Pro Mujer three years ago, having been invited by a loan officer who visited her home. She currently runs a neighborhood store. She says that she started her business because she needed work and an income with which to help cover the needs of her household.

The loan that María Eugenia is currently taking out will be used to improve her sales location (she will buy a counter where she can display her products). She will buy this piece of furniture in the street markets in the city of El Alto and then install it in her sales location. Her work enables her to make income with which to support her family. María Eugenia is married and has two children.

When asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, María Eugenia replied that she likes the health training and the loans. She also likes the open courses where she can learn skills.

In this group: Dionicio Placida, Rufina , Julia , Sabina, Celina, Mercedes , Teresa , Cayetana, Maria Eugenia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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