A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy natural medicines.

Intocables Group's story

The Communal Bank "Intocables" [Untouchables] will start its second loan cycle in Pro Mujer, as part of the Santiago II Community Centre. It has eight members and is run by a board of directors with Josefa as the board president. The members' businesses are varied and include: a small store, selling natural medicines, a printing business, selling dishes, preparing and selling traditional pastries, serving coffee and selling new clothes.

The loan will be used to benefit the micro-companies in the group of the Untouchables Communal Bank which has been in existence for a year. This is Josefa's first time in this group, after receiving the invitation from a friend who is a member of the group which is in its second cycle. At present Josefa has a business selling natural medicines. It is a family business that has been running for many years. At present she runs this business with her common-law husband.

This loan is to increase capital (to buy natural medicines) which she will purchase wholesale in the Santa Cruz region. Then she will sell the natural medicines by travelling around the markets in El Alto city. This type of work enables her to earn money to support her family financially as she lives in a common-law marriage and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replied that she likes that the group members honour the repayments.

In this group: Josefa , Paola, Patricia, Beatriz, Gladys, Araceli Ninoska, Linda Saiko, Melania
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Suzanne Carey

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