A loan of $3,925 helped a member to purchase potatoes and chuño.

Joyitas De Oro Group's story

The communal bank Joyitas De Oro is starting its 18th loan with Pro Mujer, which belongs to the regional office of Villa Exaltación. It comprises nine members and is run by a board of directors. Candelaria is the board President. The members of this communal bank have several types of businesses, such as selling potatoes and chuño (a traditional freeze-dried potato product), making traditional sweaters, selling clothing, selling cell phones and technology, selling salchipapas (a sausage and potato dish), shoe repair, selling shoes, a neighborhood store, and a coffee-shop stall.

Candelaria says she joined Pro Mujer two years ago through her sister-in-law, who invited her. She currently has a business selling potatoes and chuño. She says she started this business because she didn't have any money and she wanted to help her husband generate resources by selling regional products.

The loan she is now requesting will be used to increase capital (to purchase potatoes and chuño). She will buy from the rural areas and later sell at the traditional markets in the city of El Alto. This line of work allows her to generate resources in order to support her family as best she can, since she is in a common-law marriage and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says it is the health trainings and the loans.

In this group: Candelaria, Karen Marlene, Paulina, Reyna Regina, Constancia , Aydee , Martha , Jhovanna, Angelica Lilian

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mariana Sanchis

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