A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy school supplies.

Calamarca Group's story

The "Calamarca" communal bank will begin its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Los Andes regional office. It is made up of six members, and is led by a board of directors of which Rosa is the chair.

The businesses carried on by the members of the communal bank are varied, and include a bookstore, knitting baby sweaters, candy and food stand, neighborhood store, weaving of shawls and textiles, and school caretaker.

The loan they will take out is to benefit small business people such as Rosa. She says that is the first time she has joined Pro Mujer, entering at the invitation of a field representative of the institution, who came to visit her at home.

Currently she has a bookstore business, and says that she launched it through her own initiative, on seeing the need for her products in her area. The loan she will now take out is to increase her capital (purchase of school supplies), which she will acquire at wholesale in the markets of the city of La Paz, and later sell at her shop.

This form of work allows her to generate resources for supporting her household as best she can, as she lives with her partner and has a child. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the credit, the training, the health clinic and the savings program.

In this group: Rosa Elena , Secundina , Felisa, Petrona, Emma Lina, Yola
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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