A loan of $4,975 helped a member buy cloth and a sewing machine.

21 De Septiembre Group's story

The “21st of September” communal bank has begun its 5th cycle of loans with Pro Mujer [Pro-Woman] through the Achacachi Center. The bank is composed of 10 members and is managed by a board of directors with Paulina as President. The businesses the members are involved in vary; among these are clothing sales, milk production, taxi driving, mechanical work, cheese making and the production and sale of potatoes and potato starch.

Their loan will benefit micro-enterprises including Paulina's. She reports that it has been 3 years since she joined Pro Woman, in response to an invitation by a promoter of the institution who came to her house to invite her. Now, she has a business selling clothing (petticoats, aprons, shawls). She says she has worked in this area for 20 years, producing good returns. That is why she now wishes to expand production of her merchandise.

The loan she wishes to take out is to implement the expansion of her business (buying cloth and a sewing machine), which she will purchase from the distribution houses. Then she will make products and sell them in local fairs in the city of El Alto and in surrounding rural communities. This form of work will allow her to generate resources that will help her family to the degree possible. Paulina lives in a common-law union and has 2 children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Woman, she responded that she likes the security.

In the photo accompanying the group, Cruza's daughter may be seen wearing a sky blue sweater.

In this group: Paulina , Beatriz, Julia , Juan , Pablo , Cruza , Aydee, Paulina, Frddy Michael, Vilma Miriam

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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