A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy leather.


Flor De Ñustas Group's story

The "Flor de Ñustas" communal bank will begin their first cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Copacabana regional office. This group is made up of twelve members and is run by a board of directors, of which Amalia is the president. The members of this communal bank work in a variety of businesses, such as selling flaxseed juice, a neighborhood store, selling food, making jackets, making clothing, and making artisan whips.

This loan will benefit small business owners such as Amalia. She says that this is the first time she has worked with Pro Mujer, which she joined by the invitation of one of the institution's consultants who visited her at home. She currently has an artisan crafts business, making "chicotes" (Andean whips). She says that she learned about this business years ago from one of her uncles, who worked in this field.

She will use this loan to increase her capital by buying leather, which she will acquire from stores in the city of La Paz. After making her products, she will sell them in her retail space. This type of work allows her to generate resources to maintain her home as much as possible. She lives in a common-law marriage and has eight children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the savings and the workshops on health and loans.

In this group: Amalia, Luz Soledad, Brigida , Monica Julieta, Mary Vanessa , Guadalupe , Lupe Edifania , Primitiva , Carmen Rosa, Lourdes , Wilson, Cesar

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz


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