A loan of $5,225 helped a member to buy furniture.

Suma Chuyma Group's story

The community bank "Suma Chuyma" will begin it's 9th loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Centro Focal Germán Busch. It is composed of 9 members and is directed by a board of which Martha is the President. The businesses that the members of the community group run are varied, and among them we have: tailoring, selling furniture, carpentry, selling food, embroidering blankets, selling fruit, selling shoes.
The loan that they are requesting will benefit small businesspeople such as Martha. She points out that it is three years since she joined Pro Mujer, having joined at the invitation of a member who participated in the community bank. She currently has a business selling furniture. She tells us that she started this business years ago jointly with her husband's brother who taught her the work and she went out to sell the products that had just been made.
The loan that she is requesting now is to increase her business capital so she can acquire furniture from people who no longer want it, repair it, and then sell it in the markets in the city of El Alto. This work enables her to generate income to support her family economically as she is married and has four children.
When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes sharing the training and health information with her friends.
One of the members, Vicky, is not in the photo due to cultural reasons.

In this group: Martha, Vicenta, Vicky *, Maria Elena, Nelly, Elsa Eva, Paulina Martha , Teresa, Maria
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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