A loan of $1,850 helped a member purchase cooking pots.

Sembradoras Group's story

The communal bank “Sembradoras” or “Planters” will begin its 17th loan cycle with Pro Mujer as a part of the Cascada community center. This group is composed of eight members and is led by a board of directors where Catalina is the secretary. The businesses run by the members of the association are varied, including knitting sweaters and selling curtains, beer, sweaters, api [a breakfast drink made of corn], shawls, and cosmetics.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small business owners with different trades, where Catalina is a member. She says that it has been 30 years since she joined Pro Mujer, joining on the invitation of a family member who is also a member. She currently has a business selling food, something she learned in her previous work as a domestic employee. After leaving that work, she decided to start her own business using her skills in the kitchen.

The loan she will take out is to replace tools (purchase cooking pots) that she will purchase in stores and will put to use in her business for cooking food. This work allows her to generate economic resources to support her family, since she is a widow and has five children.

When asked about what she likes about Pro Mujer, she replies that she likes the meetings and the medical office.

In this group: Ricarda, Indara Doris , Natalia, Noemi, Tania Raquel, Rosa , Catalina, Victoria
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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