A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy American clothes.


Aventura Group's story

The Aventura communal bank will start its first cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Focal Center of Alto, Lima. It is made up of eight members and is led by a board of directors of which Serafina is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry on are varied. They include selling clothes, cosmetics by catalog, a neighborhood store, selling American clothes, and making blankets from yarn.

The loan they will take out will benefit small businesswomen like Serafina. She says this is the first time she has been part of Pro Mujer. She joined by invitation from a promoter of the institution who went to her house.

She currently has a business selling American clothes. She says that she acquired this venture years ago when she helped her sister. With her savings she managed to buy a bale of clothes, and this was her capital to start the business.

The loan she will now take out is to buy merchandise (to buy American clothes). She will get the clothes at the customs posts, and she will later sell them at the fairs in the city of El Alto. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her family as much as possible. She is married and has two children.

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

In this group: Serafina, Francy Pamela, Katherine Geraldine, Martha Luz, Jimena , Liliam Judith, Ivone Luz, Nora
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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