A loan of $2,575 helped a member to purchase carrots, onions, etc.

Gardenias Group's story

“Gardenias” is a Communal Bank that will start its third cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Germán Busch Community Center. It is composed of eight members, guided by a directive board presided over by Silveria. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different retailing activities, selling various articles such as skirts and blankets, plastic items, “api” (non-alcoholic maize drink), lamb meat, cheese and furniture.

Silveria is one of the micro entrepreneurs forming this group, and she will benefit from the requested loan. Silveria says she has been a member of Pro Mujer for eight years, and that she has been invited to enter by one of the promoters of this institution who came to visit her at her house. She currently engages in selling vegetables. She says that she has started this activity since she was a child, has she could not count on mother and she had to provide for herself.

The loan she in now requesting will be used to increase her working capital by buying vegetables that she will buy at wholesale prices to the sell them in the fairs of the town of El Alto. This type of activity helps her earning an income to economically provide for her family, as she lives in a common-law relationship and she has two children.

When asked about what she likes of Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the loans and the institution’s health clinic.

In this group: Maria Silveria, Concepción , Nilda Beckita , Rosmery , Ramona , Santusa, Lourdes, Nelly
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa

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