A loan of $3,975 helped a member to buy fabrics and a machine for making jackets.

Las Comadres Group's story

The Communal Bank “Las Comadres” (The Godmothers) is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Juan Pablo Community Center. This group consists of nine members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Catherin as its president. The members of this Communal Bank engage in various businesses such as buying and selling mobile phones, selling cosmetics, weaving sweaters, manufacturing shoes, making traditional skirts, selling clothes, and selling jackets.

This loan will benefit small businesswomen such as Sra. Catherin. She says that this is the first time she has joined Pro Mujer after receiving an invitation from a friend who is also a member of the organization. Catherin currently has a business of selling jackets. She learned this trade from her family and later decided to establish her own sewing workshop that she manages with her child.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for buying fabrics and a machine that she will acquire at the fairs in the city of El Alto. She will later use these items for making the goods that she will sell from her retail space. Working in this manner enables her to generate income to support her household. Catherin is single and has one child.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Catherin said that she enjoys the loans and the savings.

In this group: Catherin Jhenny, Ana Maria , Yandira Araceli, Jacqueline, Yuly Wendy , Maria, Ariana Laura, Anahi Jazmin, Barbara

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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