A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy panettones and noodles.

Wiñay Marka Group's story

The “Wiñay Marka” communal bank will start its seventh cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board presided over by Eva María. The communal bank members have various businesses among which are vicuña blanket weaving, pants making, blanket weaving, mobile phone sales, butcher shop, grocery store and public transportation service.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small, micro businesswomen in different lines of work. Eva María is one of the members. She indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for a year having been invited to join by an institution promoter who visited her at home. She currently has two businesses: fruit sales and a grocery store. She relates that the businesses were started by her parents when she was 14-years-old because they wanted to give them a space where they could work independently.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy panettones and noodles from suppliers in the city of El Alto and then sell them in her store. This way of working makes it possible for her to generate resources to support her home however possible since she’s single and has a son. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health training and the credit.

In this group: Eva Maria, Abigail, Carmen Rosa , Sandra Lorena, Angelica, Jhobana, Rosa , Leandra
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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