A loan of $2,425 helped a member to buy cosmetics.

Trabajadoras Hormiguitas Group's story

The "Trabajadoras Hormigitas" communal bank will begin its first cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana regional office. It is composed of eight members, led by a board of directors of which Ximena is the secretary. The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry on are varied, and include selling flaxseed oil, wood paint, neighborhood store, food sales, jewelry-making, sewing jackets and sewing backpacks.

The loan they will take out will benefit small business owners such as Ximena. She says that she joined Pro Mujer two years ago at the invitation of her mother, who is a member of the institution. Currently she has a business selling cosmetics. She indicates that she started this business several years ago at her mother's recommendation, and that currently it is her source of income.

The loan she will take out now is to increase her working capital through the purchase of cosmetics, which she will acquire from the distributors in La Paz and then sell in the provincial markets. This form of work allows her to generate income to support her household as much as she can, as she is in a common-law relationship and has one child.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the loans and the health services.

Accompanying the group in the photo is the advisor, who is dressed in a violet jacket, and Maruja's daughter, dressed in a black jacket.

In this group: Celia, Rosmery, Maruja, Lourdys, Juana, Ximena, Veronica , Sixta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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