A loan of $2,950 helped a member to buy cloth for making traditional skirts.

Las De Claridad Group's story

The “Women of Clarity” communal bank has launched its 1st loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Achacachi Focal Center. The bank is composed of 10 members and is led by a board of directors with Mrs. Carmen Rosa as President. The businesses the communal association's members pursue are varied. Among these are: selling shoes, CDs, fish, and cell phones; making traditional skirts, and buying fish nets.

The loan they are requesting will benefit micro-enterprises, including the business of member Mrs. Carmen Rosa. She says this is the 1st time she has worked through Pro Mujer, having joined at the invitation of a promoter from that institution. Currently, Carmen's business makes traditional skirts to measure. She says she learned the business while working in a seamstress shop; then she decided to start her own shop.

The loan she is soliciting will increase her capital for purchasing cloth from wholesalers. After making the skirts, Carmen will distribute them to stores on request. This type of work allows her to generate resources to help, as much as possible, with household expenses, since she lives in a common law marriage and has a son.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Carmen Rosa responded that she especially likes the health program.

In this group: Carmen Rosa , Petrona, Limbert, Mary Mar , Alejandro, Nancy, Hortencia Maribel , Juan, Rosa , Lucia Sonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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