A loan of $3,375 helped a member to buy lingerie.

Mamacitas Group's story

The Mamacitas Communal Bank will begin its second loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Senkata Regional Hub. It is made up of eight members and it is governed by a board of directors of which Miriam is the president. The communal bank members have different businesses, such as selling lingerie, selling rellenos, selling clothing, running a grocery store, selling used clothing, and selling api drinks.

The loan they are taking out will benefit small businesswomen in different fields. Miriam is an integral part of this; she tells us that she joined Pro Mujer one year ago on the invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently has two businesses, one selling lingerie and another running a corner store. She tells us that the first business she made an incursion into was selling clothing and that with her savings she was able to open the other business.

The loan she is currently taking out is to increase her capital (to buy lingerie), as a busy season for this business is approaching. She will buy from the stores that sell wholesale and then sell on foot during the fairs in El Alto. This way of working allows her to generate income to help her household as much as possible, as she is married with four children.

When asked what it is she likes about Pro Mujer, she said that she likes the meetings with fellow members and the doctor's office.

Lucero is not in the photo because she had to leave right away for her classes.

In this group: Miriam Leonora, Jheily Selina , Yovana, Petronila , Lucero *, Mary , Basilia Martha , Maria
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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