A loan of $3,525 helped a member to buy potato seeds and piglets.

Inti Raymi Group's story

The communal bank group, “INTI RAYMI” will start it's second cycle with Pro Mujer, as a part of the larger communal bank "Centro Focal de Achacachi". The group is made up of nine members and is led by a board of directors, a woman named Sonia is the president. The businesses that the group members are involved with are varied and include: selling potatoes and chuño (a freeze dried potato product), selling food, buying and reselling cows, selling grinding equipment, and selling beer.

The loan that is being requested will benefit the small business owners who are members the communal bank group that Sonia is a part of with varied purchases. She said that she became a member of Pro Mujar five months ago, after a promoter of the organization visited her home and invited her to join. She currently has a business selling potatoes, chuño (a freeze dried potato product) and swine. She inherited this business from her parents and has always worked in this type of business.

The loan she is currently requesting will be used to increase her capital to buy potato seeds and piglets, which she will buy in nearby communities for wholesale prices. After harvesting the potatoes and raising the piglets, she will sell them by pre-order in the city of El Alto. This form of work allows her to make an income which she uses to help with household expenses; she is married and has four children.

When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she said that she likes the savings program.

In this group: Sonia Santusa, Freddy Ceferino, Juana, Zenon, Delma, Isabel, Melencia Mery, Ceferina , Mery

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Tricia Kell

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