A loan of $2,200 helped a member to purchase clothing.

Suma Pancara Group's story

The communal bank "Suma Pancara” will begin its third cycle with Pro Mujer as a part of Centro Focal de Cascada. It is made up of eight members and guided by a board or directors. Señora Mery is the secretary of the board of directors. The members' businesses are varied and include: selling alpaca wool, fruit sales, stuffed toy sales, selling pants, selling bread, clothing sales and sewing t-shirts.

The loan they are taking out will benefit the small micro-entrepreneurs, of which Señora Mery is one. She says that she joined Pro Mujer one year ago at the invitation of her friend, who is a member of the institution. Señora Mery currently has a business selling clothing. She says that she started her business when she was motivated by some friends a few years ago.

Señora Mery is taking out the loan to increase her capital. She will purchase clothing from the wholesalers and then re-sell it from her sales stall. This form of work has allowed her to generate enough income to support her family as much as possible; she is divorced and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Señora Mery says that she likes the health classes.

In this group: Juana, Vilma Valeria, Mery Marlene, Petrona, Elena , Betty, Natty, Eugenia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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