A loan of $4,325 helped a member to buy beads, sequins, and cloth.

16 De Julio Group's story

The communal bank “16 DE JULIO” will begin its 10th loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of Centro Focal de Los Andes. The group has eight members, and Lucia is president of its board. The members have various businesses: selling food; making traditional costumes; selling detergents; selling shoes; selling cookware and small appliances; dressmaking and selling clothing; and selling candy and cookies from a kiosk.

This loan will benefit micro businesses such as Lucia's. She said she joined Pro Mujer ten years ago at the invitation of a friend who belongs to the institution. Lucia has a business making and selling traditional costumes, which she started after working in her brother-in-law's workshop. She later decided to open her own business location.

She will use the loan to buy beads, sequins, and cloth from wholesale dealers so that she can make garments to sell in her shop. This work generates money to support her household; she is a widow with three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she mentioned that she enjoys sharing with the other members of her group.

In this group: Lucia , Laura Estefani , Cesaria, Zenobia, Concepción , Teresa , Mery, Vanessa Esther
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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