A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy fabric.

Unión Retama Group's story

The Unión Retamos communal bank will start its first cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Juan Pablo II regional center. It is comprised of six members, and it is run by a governing board, where Martha is the president. The members’ businesses are varied. Among them we have selling fruit, selling traditional skirts, selling blankets, selling blankets, and selling bed covers.

The loan they will take will benefit small businesswomen like Martha. She has been a member of Pro Mjuer for three years, and she joined by invitation from a promoter of the institution who visited her at home. She currently has a business selling traditional skirts. She says that she undertook this business by recommendation from her cousin who taught her how to make them. Later she became involved in doing the same.

The loan that she will now take is to increase materials (to buy fabric) that she will get at the fairs in the city of El Alto. She will later set them up in the space where she sells them. This way of working allows her to generate resources to help her family as much as possible. She is in a common-law marriage, and she has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes the health trainings and the loans.

In the photograph you can see our institution’s volunteer accompanying the group. Her name is Doris, and she is hugging one of our members.

In this group: Martha, Ana , Vilma Graciela, Aida , Viviana, Eulalia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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