A loan of $2,725 helped a member buy cloth for dressmaking.

El Paraiso Group's story

“The Paradise” Communal Association has initiated its 33rd loan cycle with Pro-Mujer through its Central Office in Villa Adela. The bank is composed of 8 members led by a board of directors of which Yola is Secretary. The businesses that the members of the communal association advance are varied. Among them: a barrio store, and selling cosmetics, various products, plants and planting pots, eiderdowns, books, sausages, and dressmaking.

The loans they take out will benefits small micro-enterprises, one of which Yola owns. She tells us that some 16 years ago, she became a member of Pro-Mujer, joining by invitation of a friend who invited her to a training session at the institution. Subsequently, she decided to take out a loan. At present, Yola has a business making dresses and selling clothing. She tells us that she learned the business while traveling to Argentina some years ago.

This present loan will augment Yola's capital, allowing her to purchase cloth which she will buy at wholesale in the markets of the City of El Alto. Subsequently, she will use the cloth to make dresses and sell them in her sales stall. This form of work allows Yola to generate resources to maintain her home, as much as possible. She lives in a common law marriage and has 3 children.

When asked what she likes about Pro-Mujer, Yola responded that she especially likes the training in the area of health and credit.

In this group: Lourdes Cristina, Santusa, Virginia Aurelia, Yessenia Grisel, Jeanet , Genara, Yola, Lilian Lourdes

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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