A loan of $4,500 helped a member to buy rice, oil, and noodles.

Flor Del Valle I Group's story

The "Flor del Valle I" communal bank is entering its twenty-ninth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes regional hub. The group is made up of nine members and is run by a board of directors, of which Dionicia is the president. The members' businesses are varied and include food sales, a grocery store, hat sales, sewing sweatshirts, carpentry, a shoe shop, soft drinks sales, and coffee sales.

This loan will benefit small business owners such as Dionicia, who says that she joined Pro Mujer twenty years ago by the invitation of a friend who is a partner of the institution. She currently has a business selling food. She says that she started this business with her first loan from Pro Mujer and that with plenty of effort, she has earned a profit.

She will use this loan to increase her working capital by buying rice, oil, and noodles from wholesale distributors. After making the food, she will sell it from her business space. This type of work allows her to generate an income to maintain her home as much as possible, since she is married with three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes the loans, the workshops, the health initiatives, and the savings.

In this group: Dionicia, Claudia, Nicolasa, Patricia Betty, Marina, Natividad, Demetria Esperanza, Blanca Yovana, Margarita

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Volz

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