A loan of $3,175 helped a member to purchase wool.


Kantutas De Los Andes Group's story

The “Kantutas de Los Andes” Communal Bank will begin its eighth cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the “Centro Focal de Los Andes”. The group is comprised of eight members and managed by a board of directors where Felipa is Secretary. The members of the communal bank carry out varied businesses including owning a neighborhood store, working as an assistant minibus driver, selling woven blankets, providing incensing services, selling preserves, selling braided rugs, and a owning a carpenter’s shop. Felipa says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for one and a half years and was invited to join by her sisters who are members of the institution. Currently, she is in the business of braiding and selling rugs. She says that while making frequent trips to the border of Peru and Bolivia, she noticed that this type of business was limited in this area and this is why she started her business six years ago. She is taking out this loan to expand her stock of merchandise (wool), which she will purchase from the shops in the city of El Alto for later sale in her sales space. This type or work will allow her to support her family in the best possible way because she is divorced and has three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the institution because they are money lenders. .

In this group: Marcelina, Teresa Hortencia, Wilma, Wilma , Danitza Laura, Felipa , Jannett Rosario, Cristina
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz


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