A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy sweets and flour.


Luz De Luna Brillante Group's story

The Luz de Luna Brillante [Light of the Shining Moon] communal bank will start its third cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Collpani Focal Center. It is comprised of nine members, and it is led by a governing board. Alicia is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry out are varied. Among them are carpentry, making ‘picos’ and ‘chuntillos’ [rustic tools], selling sweets, selling food, weaving blankets, making foam decorations, and a neighborhood store.

The loan they will take out will benefit the small businesswomen in the group, of which Alicia is a member. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for two cycles. She joined by invitation from a friend who is a member of the institution.

She currently has a business of selling sweets. She learned this from a friend who she helped with sales. Alicia later undertook her own business. The loan that she will now take out is to expand and improve the business (to buy sweets and flour). She will make her purchases at the fairs in the city of El Alto. She will later prepare and sell the sweets at her sales location. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her family as much as she can. She is in a common-law marriage, and she has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the health and loan trainings and the savings.

In this group: Alicia, Celestina , Maxima , Dionicia , Roxana , Eva Maribel , Maxima , Eleuteria Elena , Felipa
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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