A loan of $3,825 helped a member to purchase soft drinks.

Amautas Cerro Kantica Group's story

The community bank Amauta Cerro Kantica is starting their third cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Pan-american loan center. The group is made up of twelve members and is led by a board, including Olga, who is the president. The members have different businesses, such as: selling food, sewing soccer balls, selling chicharrones, incense, bricklayer, selling flowers, selling soft drinks, selling cosmetics, selling fish, selling underwear, and being a nanny.

The loan that they took out benefited small business owners where Olga was a member. She said that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for three years. She joined at the invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. Currently she has a business selling soft drinks. She said that she learned this business years ago after seeing the need from the people who visit the yatiris (a person who reads luck in coca leaves).

The loan they are taking now is to increase capital and purchase soft drinks. She acquires them from distribution trucks and later sells them in her sales space. This type of work allows her to generate income to support her family since she has a common-law marriage and has two daughters.

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

Francisco is not present in the photograph for cultural reasons.

In this group: Olga , Soledad, Francisco*, Lidia , Virginia, Francisca, Francisca , Dominga, Julia Amanda, Maria Roxana Elizabeth, Faustina , Maria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd

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