A loan of $5,675 helped a member to purchase fabric.

Fortaleza Group's story

The “Fortaleza” [Fortitude] Communal Bank will begin its eighteenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, and they are working with the organization’s regional office in Los Andes. The group is comprised of nine members and is headed by a board of directors where Lucia is president. The members of the communal bank are engaged in varied businesses including sales of macramé blankets, lace fabric, knitted sweaters, clothing, guitar cases, “salchipapas” [pan fried sausage and French fries], knitted blankets, vegetables, and knitted “aguayos” [a rectangular piece of patterned cloth, used in traditional South American communities to carry children, goods, etc.] as well as service businesses such as sewing, and transportation.

The loan they are requesting will benefit women, such as Lucia, who own small businesses. She states that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for eight years and joined at the invitation of one of the organization’s promoters that visited her in her home. Currently, she has a sewing workshop. She relates that her husband acquired experience in other workshops and this is how she learned the business.

The loan she is taking out now is for the purpose of increasing capital to purchase fabric that she will acquire wholesale from stores, and subsequently, market in her retail space. This type of work allows her to generate income for her household in the best possible way as she is married and has four children. When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she enjoyed the savings.

In this group: Lucia, Teresa , Juana, Raquela, Lucia, Sebastiana, Isidora , Lidia , Hilda

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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