A loan of $3,950 helped a member to buy tables and chairs.

18 De Diciembre Group's story

The “18 de Diciembre” communal bank will start its third cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Juan Pablo Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board presided over by María. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses like neighborhood store, candy sales, jacket sales, clothes sales, button sales, sportswear making and food sales.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small micro businesswomen like María Isabel. She indicates that she’s been a member of Pro Mujer for a year and a half having joined thanks to an invitation from a girlfriend of hers who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business selling food that she started several years ago when she noted that this was a profitable business for other ladies.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy tables and chairs in street markets in El Alto and then sell in her sales space. This way of working allows her to earn resources as best possible for her home since she’s in a common law relationship and has two children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she answers that she likes the credit and the savings.

In this group: Maria Isabel, Sonia Luz, Edita Maria , Petrona , Betzabe , Juana, Geovanna, Candelaria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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