A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy clothes.

Joyitas De Tarapaca Group's story

The communal bank 'Joyitas de Tarapaca' (Gems of Tarapaca) will begin its nineteenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Senkata group of businesses. It is made up of eight members and headed by a board of directors with Rosa as the president. The businesses run by the members are varied, including shawl weaving, selling fish, selling fruits and selling American-style clothes.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small microentrepreneurs. Rosa says that she joined Pro Mujer seven years ago at the invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. Currently, she has a business selling clothes and she says that she started this business on her own initiative several years ago, after starting with a small amount of capital which has since grown because of the loans she has gotten from Pro Mujer.

The loan she will take out now is to increase her capital (by buying clothes) which she will get from wholesalers in the city of La Paz. After that she will sell them in her retail space. This type of work lets her generate resources to support her household as much as possible, since she is married and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the training sessions in health and loans, and the savings.

In this group: Rosa, Clotilde, Pastora, Ema , Mery , Guillermina, Elisa , Beatriz

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aesclinn Donohue

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