A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy potatoes, chuño [artisanal freeze-dried potato], and freeze-dried potatoes.

Amapolas Group's story

The communal bank "Amapolas" [Poppies] will start its first cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Tejada regional hub. It is comprised of six members and is managed by a board of directors, of which Hilaria is the president.

The businesses that the members of the communal bank have are varied and include: selling potatoes, chuño [artisanal freeze-dried potato], and freeze-dried potatoes; coffee production; sewing and sale of skirts; knitting and sale of sweaters; start-up businesses.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small micro-businesswomen, of whom Hilaria is one. She says that she joined Pro Mujer seven years ago, at the invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business selling potatoes, chuño, and freeze-dried potatoes (the former two are dehydrated potatoes) and knitting sweaters. She recounts that she learned these businesses when she used to sell with her grandmother, many years ago.

The loan that she will take out now is to increase capital (purchase of potato, chuño, and freeze-dried potatoes) that she will acquire wholesale from the markets in the city of El Alto, and later sell in her stall. This form of work allows her to generate resources to maintain her home as much as possible, as she is married and has three children.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the training in the area of health and credit.

In this group: Emma Hilaria, Juana Ruperta, Benita , Celia , Lucia Justa, Beatriza

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh

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