A loan of $2,925 helped a member to buy fabric.


Retoños Group's story

The Retoños communal bank will start its second cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Collpani Focal Center. It is comprised of eight members, and it is led by a governing board. Santusa is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry out are varied. Among them are the production of petticoats and veils, making traditional skirts, making pastries, weaving blankets, making mattresses, carpentry, and selling food.

The loan that they will take out will benefit the group’s small businesswomen, where Santusa is a member. She joined Pro Mujer three cycles ago. She joined on invitation from one of the institution's promotors who came to her house to invite her. She currently has a business of making embroidered petticoats. She says that she learned this business from her family some years ago. However, she decided to undertake a business by herself.

The loan that she will now take out is to expand her business (to buy fabric). She will buy the fabric at the fairs in the city of El Alto. She will later sell what she makes at the fairs on the Bolivian – Peruvian border. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her family as much as she can. She is married and has five children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she said she likes the trainings about loans and health.

In this group: Santusa , Rebeca , Fermina Maruja, Julia , Gladys, Veronica Elizabeth, Florencia, Laura Rocio

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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