A loan of $3,550 helped a member to buy fishing nets.

Las Mamacitas De Escoma Group's story

The 'Mamacitas de Escoma' community bank are starting their first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Achacachi regional office. The group has eight members and is run by a board of directors which has Silvia as its president. The businesses that the members of the bank are engaged in are varied and include: growing and selling potatoes, growing and selling vegetables, running a neighborhood store, growing potatoes and chuño, and selling cattle.

This loan will benefit these micro-businesswomen. Silvia is a member of this group. She says that this is the first time she has become a member of Pro Mujer, having joined through an invitation from one of the institution's loan officers who came to visit her at home. Silvia has a fish selling business. She learned the trade from her partner as his family are in this line of work. The couple decided to work in the same business.

Silvia is taking out this loan to replace some work tools. She will buy fishing nets in the street markets of the city of El Alto. This work allows her to make income with which to support her household. Silvia is in a common law marriage and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Silvia replied that she likes the health training sessions and the loans.

In this group: Silvia , Olga, Lucio , Alejandra , Dionicia , Martha, Julia, Andres

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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