A loan of $1,775 helped a member to buy emulsions and herbs.

Ollitas De Barro Group's story

The communal bank "Ollitas de Barro" will starts its first cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal de Panamericana. It is made up of six members and is directed by a directing board where Felicidad is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank run are varied. Among them are: meat sales, vegetable sales, a neighborhood store, washing clothes, natural medicine, and embroidery of sweaters. The loan they take out will benefit the small business owners, and Felicidad is one of them. She says that this is the first cycle as part of Pro Mujer. She joined by invitation of a representative of the institution who came to visit her in her home.

Currently she has a business selling natural medicine, a business she has been doing for several years on the recommendation on her husband. The loan she will take out now is to increase capital to buy emulsions and herbs, which she will get at the traditional festivals and later sell at the festivals in the city of El Alto. This kind of work lets her generate resources to support her home as much as possible, since she is married and has four children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health and credit training.

In this group: Felicidad, Flora, Rosmery , Maria , Ancelma, Rosa Cristina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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