A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy rice, sugar, noodles, etc.

Bolivia Group's story

The "Bolivia" communal bank will start its fifth loan cycle in Pro Mujer, as part of the Senkata regional office. It is made up of 11 members and led by a board of directors of which Lucy is the chair.

The businesses that the members of the communal bank carry on are varied and include: neighborhood store, drivers, sewing and sale of aprons, sale of cosmetics, sale of vegetables, sale of pastries, weaving shawls, sale of beds, sale of footwear, and sale of cakes.

The loan they will take out is to benefit small business owners such as Lucila. She says that she joined Pro Mujer five loan cycles ago, at the invitation of her friends who are members of the institution.

Currently she has a neighborhood store business. She says that she launched this business through her own initiative. The loan she will take it now is to increase her working capital (purchase of rice, sugar, noodles, etc.) which she will acquire at the wholesale stores in the city of La Paz, and later sell at her permanent stand. This form of work allows her to generate income for supporting her family, as she is married and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the credit, the health clinic, and the training workshops.

In this group: Lucila, Zenobia, Alejandro Cruz , Mercedez Patricia , Francisca, Eva , Vivian Ximena, Wendy Fabiola, Patricia, Eusebia, Rogelia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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