A loan of $2,100 helped a member to buy wool.

Maripositas Group's story

The Communal Bank “Maripositas” (Little Butterflies) is starting its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Germán Busch Community Center. This group consists of 10 members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Juana as its president. The members of this Communal Bank engage in different businesses such as picture framing, producing macramé blankets, selling CDs, weaving blankets, selling slippers, selling memory chips, making wool thread, and providing transportation services.

This loan will benefit small micro-entrepreneurs, such as Sra. Juana who is a member. She says that she joined Pro Mujer eight years ago after receiving an invitation from a friend who also participates in a Communal Bank. At the moment, she has a business of producing woven blankets. Juana says that she started her business years ago after she learned this trade from one of her friends.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for buying wool. She acquires her supplies from distribution shops and then produces what she sells from her retail space. Working in this manner enables her to generate the income she needs to support her family financially. Juana is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Juana said that she enjoys sharing with her fellow group members. In the photograph, Sra. Elena was not present because she had a medical appointment.

In this group: Juana, Elena*, Ivoneth Zulma, Janeth Irene, Jhaneth Silvia , Silveria, Flora , Dany Daniela, Gabrienla Katerine, Antonia
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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