A loan of $6,075 helped a member to buy shoes.

Santa Maria Group's story

The "Santa María" communal bank will start its thirteenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Senkata regional office. It is made up of nine members led by a board of directors of which Ruth is the chair.

The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry on are varied, and include selling underwear, miscellaneous goods, salchipapas (fried potatoes with hot dog), and footwear. The loan they will take out benefits small-business people such as Ruth. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for 11 years, joining at the invitation of her sister, who is a member of the institution.

Currently she has a business selling shoes. She says that she launched this business several years ago, learning this way of selling from her mother. The loan she will take out now is to increase her capital, through the purchase of shoes. She will acquire these at the markets in the city of Oruro, and later sell them at her sales outlet. This form of work allows her to generate resources to support her household as much as she can, as she is in a common-law relationship and has one child.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the training, the health clinic, the loans and the savings program. In the photograph, one member is absent as she went to a medical appointment.

In this group: Ruth Fidelia, Carmen Cristina, Carmen , Riemy , Veronica Ines , Veronica Petrona, Pascuala, Hilda , Vecinta

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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