A loan of $1,925 helped a member to buy rice, oil, etc.


Unión Mariscal Group's story

The 'Unión Mariscal' community bank are starting their first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Cascada regional office. The group has seven members and is run by a board of directors with Justina as its president. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include: selling meat, selling food, working as a builder's assistant and knotting blankets.

The loan that they are taking out will benefit these small micro-businesswomen. Justina, one of the group's members, says that this is the first time she has been a member of Pro Mujer, having joined through an invitation from her friend who is an existing member. Justina has a business selling food. She says that she learned this trade because she couldn't find any other way of making money. Her business is currently doing very well.

Justina will use this loan to increase her capital, purchasing rice, oil and other products wholesale in the street markets in the city of El Alto. She will then use them to make her food and sell it from her sales location. This work allows her to make the money she needs to support her household as well as she can. She is married and has seven children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Justina replied that she likes the health services.

In this group: Justina, Olga Yolanda , Veronica, Nativa , Paulina , Maritza, Sonia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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