A loan of $3,600 helped a member to buy rice, oil, and noodles.

Estrellas De Mercedario Group's story

The communal bank "Estrellas de Mercedario" will begin its first cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Focal Point of Collpani. The group is made up of eight members and is led by a committee of directors, of which Cristina is the president. The members' businesses are varied, and include: selling linseed juice, painting wood, having a neighborhood store, selling food, making jewelry, sewing jackets, and sewing knapsacks. The loan that they receive will benefit the small micro-businesses.

Cristina is one of the beneficiaries. She says that this is the first time that she has worked with Pro Mujer, becoming a member through the invitation of a friend who is also a member of the institution. Presently, she has a business selling food. She says that she learned this business from a previous job; later, she decided to establish her own business.

The loan that she will take out now is to grow her capital by buying rice, oil, and noodles. She will buy these items in the wholesale stores in the city of La Paz. After making the foods, She will then sell them in the city of El Alto. This form of work allows her to generate the resources she needs to maintain her home; she lives with her her partner and has a son.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the health center.

In this group: Cristina, Roxana, Justina, Rosa Maria, Alejandra Gabriela, Patricia, Gimena , Monica Lupe

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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