A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy slippers at wholesale.

Mantillitas Group's story

The “Mantillitas” communal bank will start its second cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board presided by Virginia. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses among which are coffee sales, bookstore, slipper sales, ‘salchipapas’ [fried sausages with fried potatoes] sales, scarf sales and alpaca wool sales.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small, micro businesswomen with various lines of work. Virginia is one of them. She indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for a year having been invited to join by a girlfriend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business selling slippers. She relates that she started the business in partnership with her sister but currently she’s running it herself.

The loan she’ll take out is to increase capital. She will buy slippers at wholesale along the Peru-Bolivia border and then sell them in her sales space. This way of working allows her to support her family however possible since she’s married and has three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes sharing with her girlfriends.

In this group: Virginia Zulema, Nora , Raquel, Rosario , Sandibel Liceth , Benedicta , Dora Cintia, Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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