A loan of $4,725 helped a member to buy furniture.

Sarantañani Group's story

The 'Sartasiñani' community bank are starting their first loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Los Andes regional office. The group has eight members and is run by a board of directors which has Sofia as its president. The businesses that the members of the bank carry out are varied and include: selling soft drinks, sewing jackets, making blankets by hand, selling underwear, knitting blankets, 'pasanaco' (organizing the collection of money to buy food supplies), selling adverts and selling furniture.

The loan that they are currently taking out will benefit these micro-businesswomen. Sofia is a member of this group and she says that she joined Pro Mujer four loan cycles ago, through an invitation from a friend who was an existing member of the institution. Sofia has a business selling furniture. She started this business six years ago on her own initiative.

The loan that Sofia is requesting will be used to increase her working capital. She will buy furniture from wholesalers and then sell them from her sales location. This work allows her to make money with which to support her household as best she can. She is married, has one child and, in addition, is also caring for her niece.

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

In this group: Sofia Irene, Celia Veronica, Eugenia , Paola Angela , Francisca , Lucy, Juana Elizabeth, Pacesa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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