A loan of $3,100 helped a member to buy flour, firewood, and butter.

Kiswaras Group's story

The Communal Bank “Kiswaras” is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Copacabana Community Center. The group consists of 12 members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Damiana as its president. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different businesses such as a grocery store, selling fruits and vegetables, a bakery, selling cheese, selling beef turnovers, selling beer, weaving sweaters, selling sausages and potatoes, selling medicines, selling food, and selling bread.

This loan will benefit small micro-entrepreneurs, such as Sra. Damiana who is a member of the group. She says that this is the first time she has joined a group with Pro Mujer after receiving an invitation from one Pro Mujer’s promoters who visited her at her home. Damiana currently has a business of making bread. She took over this business from her mother, who was in the same line of work. Her business would eventually go on to consume most of her time.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for purchasing flour, firewood, and butter. These supplies will be acquired in the city of La Paz and used later in making her products that will be sold at the bus terminals in El Alto. Working in this manner makes it possible for her to generate income to support her family. Damiana is single and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Damiana says that she enjoys the savings and the health program. In the photograph, Sr. Alfredo is not present. He did not want his picture taken for cultural reasons.

In this group: Damiana, Ingrid Ines, Paula, Natalia, Lina Margoth, Etty Nazareth, Alfredo*, Maria , Ivan Franklin, Emiliana, Eva , Juana
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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