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A loan of $2,400 helped a member to buy wool.

Amapolas Group's story

The communal bank "Amapolas" (Poppies) will begin it's sixth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of Centro Focal de Los Andes. It is made up of eight members and is led by a board of directors of which Elena is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry out are varied, they include: petticoat weaving, sportswear making, aguayo (a type of traditional woolen cloth) weaving, blanket weaving, chocolate sales, hat weaving, and sweater weaving.

The loan that they have taken out will benefit the small micro-businesses where Señora Elena is a member. She points out that she joined Pro Mujer four years ago, entering upon invitation from a promoter of the institution who came to her house to invite her. Now she has a business weaving a type of traditional woolen cloth called "aguayo". She says that she acquired this art as a child because her mother taught her, and that with the passing of time she decided to turn it into a business. Now she is sells it constantly.

The loan she will now take out is for increasing her capital (buying wool) as well as to acquire shop distributers, and then afterwards make and sell to order. This form of work allows her to generate resources in order to support her family in every possible way since she is married and has three children.

When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the loans and the savings.

In this group: Elena, Margarita, Rosminda , Manuela , Beatriz, Teresa , Maria , Martha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Sawyer

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