A loan of $1,175 helped a member to purchase plants to braid baskets.


Primas De Huayna Potosi Group's story

The Primas de Huayna Potosi community bank will start their first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana regional office. The group has six members and is headed by a board where Irene is the president. The members of the group do different types of work: making mattresses, selling baskets, purchase and sales of livestock, sale of braids, and sale of coffee and apí [non-alcoholic maize drink]. The loan they are requesting will benefit small businesses like Irene's. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for a year and joined by invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. Currently she has a craft business making baskets. She learned this business from her parents 47 years ago and continues to do it as her work. Irene will use the loan they are requesting to purchase plants to braid baskets. She will purchase the plants in communities close to Lake Titicaca and later make the baskets to sell at her permanent sales location. This type of work allows her to earn enough income to support her household. She is married and has five children. Irene says that the thing she likes best about Pro Mujer is the savings.

In this group: Irene , Viviana, Benita Emiliana, Ines , Brigida, Victoria Veronica
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eileen Lloyd


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