A loan of $1,700 helped a member to purchase sardines, sugar, etc.

Estrella De Cristo Group's story

The communal bank Estrellas de Cristo (Stars of Christ) will start in Pro Mujer’s first cycle as a part of the Regional Office of Alto Lima. It is composed of eight members and is led by a board of directors, where Antonia is the president. The businesses that the group members carry out are varied; among them are selling electronics, food, and clothing, making macramé textiles, and running a neighborhood store.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small microbusinesswomen, one of whom is Antonia. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for three years, joining at the invitation of a promoter from the organization who visited her home. Currently, she has a neighborhood store. She says that eight years ago, she worked in a store that sold plaster; however, it didn’t have a lot of revenue. She observed that her region lacked a store, and because of this she opened a new business.

The loan that she will take out now is for an increase in capital to purchase sardines, sugar, etc., that she will buy wholesale from the stores and later sell in her permanent location. This form of work allows her to generate resources to support her family as much as possible, as she is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she enjoys the benefits.

In this group: Antonia , Justina , Marcela, Fabiana, Prima , Sonia Brigida , Sandra , Hortencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Hedel

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