A loan of $3,400 helped a member to buy sardines, soft-drinks and sugar.

Las Lomas Group's story

The “Las Lomas” (The Hills) communal bank will start its fourth cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Focal Center. It has 11 members led by a governing board presided by Victoria. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses like food sales, coffee sales, cheese sales, rug making, sewing, sweater knitting, bed and blanket sales, jacket and backpack making and neighborhood store.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small, micro businesswomen with various lines of work. Victoria is one of them. She indicates that she’s been a member of Pro Mujer for four cycles having been invited to join by one of the institution’s promoters. She currently has a neighborhood store and she relates that she started the business with some savings she had from her previous job and with savings she had in Pro Mujer.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy sardines, soft-drinks and sugar from wholesalers and then resell in her shop. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her home however possible since she’s married and has five children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health services she’s given.

In this group: Victoria, Richard, Margarita, Marisol, Francisca, Rufina, Elizabeth, Santusa, Segundina, Juanita, Rosa Felicidad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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