A loan of $4,575 helped a member to buy cattle.

Ocomisto Group's story

The communal bank “OCOMISTO” will begin its second cycle with Pro Mujer ("pro Women") as part of the Andes Focus Centre. It is made up of eight members and run by a management board of which Nicolasa is the President. The  businesses which the members carry on are varied and amongst them are milk production, shoe sales, clothing sales, sweater knitting, local stores and jacket sales.

They will use the loan they are asking for in their small micro-businesses.

Nicolasa is one member. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for 5 years and joined on invitation from one of the institution's promotors who came to her house to invite her. At the moment she has a milk sales business. She has been carrying on this business for twenty years, since she acquired cows.

She will use this loan to increase her capital by buying cows which she will acquire from Bolivian communities and she will then make yogurt for commercialization according to demand. This work will allow her to generate income to support her family and improve it's opportunities since she is married with four children. 

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she says the loan and savings. 

Graciala does not appear in the photo for cultural reasons. 

In this group: Nicolasa , Graciela*, Nely , Lucia Evarista, Aurelia , Cesilia , Eulogia , Beronica
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer KAROLINA KOSZELSKI

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