A loan of $1,600 helped a member to buy soft drinks to sell.

Hormiguitas Trabajadoras Group's story

The “HORMIGUITAS TRABAJADORAS” (The Hard-Worker Ants) Communal Bank is beginning its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer at the Pan-American Regional Center. The group has 6 members under the direction of a governing board and headed by their President, Lola. The communal bank members run businesses that are varied in nature: pork rind sales, a kiosk selling sweets, manufacture of artisan purses and car part sales.

The loan that Lola's group is currently applying for will benefit these small business-owners. Lola says that it is the first time she has been involved with Pro Mujer, after she was invited to join by one of the institution's promoters who visited her home. Currently, Lola runs a business selling pork rinds. She says that she started this business after seeing her neighbors doing the same and now the work quite suits her.

This current loan will be used to increase her capital (to buy soft drinks), which she will buy from distributors and later sell in her business as an additional product. This type of work allows her to generate more money to support her family in whatever way they might need as she is a single mother with 5 children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replies that she likes the health support provided.

In this group: Lola, Beatriz, Maria Remedios, Francisca, Antonia, Concepción

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Reiss

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