A loan of $6,250 helped a member compra de linternas.


Alternativa Group's story

“Alternativa” (Alternative) is a Communal Bank that will start its thirtieth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Community Center. It is composed of ten members, guided by a directive board presided over by María. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different activities such as selling underwear, selling artifacts, selling bags, selling cosmetics, selling bed sheets, selling tights, selling awayos*, selling paintings.

María is one of the micro entrepreneurs forming this group, and she will benefit from the requested loan. She says she has been a member of Pro Mujer for two years, having been invited by her husband who is a member of the institution. She currently runs a retail activity, selling lanterns, and she says she has started this activity with her husband when she got married.

The loan she is currently requesting will be used to increase her working capital by buying lanterns at wholesale price; she will buy them at the fairs of the town of La Paz, and being a street vendor she will then sell them in the fairs of the town of El Alto. This type of activity helps her earning an income to economically support her household as much as she can, as she is single and she has she is married and she has three children.

When asked about what she likes of Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the loan, the seminars and the health program.

*Awayos are a type of Bolivia blanket

In this group: Maria , Hartencia, Felipa, Modesta, Julia, Asunta , Lucrecia, Tania Virginia, Mary Luz, Marlene

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa


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