A loan of $2,975 helped a member to buy rice, noodles, etc.

Kantutas De Los Andes Group's story

The communal bank "Kantuta De Los Andes" will begin its twentieth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Centro Focal de los Andes [Local Center of the Andes]. The group is made up of eight members and is led by a committee of directors; Francisca is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal bank are involved in are varied and include: weaving blankets, neighborhood stores, incense, natural medicine sales, canned food sales, carpentry workshop, and weaving sweaters. The loan that they take out will benefit these small micro-businesses.

Francisca is a member of this group. She says that she has been part of Pro Mujer for thirty years, joining through the invitation of one of the institution's promoters, who visited her at her house. Presently, she has a business selling food. She says that she learned this business through the experiences she had working in other places.

The loan that she will take out today is to grow her capital (rice, noodles, etc.). She will acquire these items at stores, wholesale, and will later make the items and sell them in her stall. This form of work allow her to generate revenue in order to maintain her home. She is married and has seven children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the savings.

One of the member's daughters is also in the photo; she is standing in the door.

In this group: Francisca Claudia, Teresa Hortencia, Wilma, Wilma, Elena Lidia, Corina, Marcelina , Nora Hortencia
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace

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