A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy rice, noodles, sugar, etc.


Alianza Group's story

The communal bank "Alianza" [Alliance] will begin its twentieth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Centro Focal de Panamericana [Focal Point of Pan-America]. The group is made up of twelve members and is led by a committee of directors; Sarah is the Secretary. The members are involved in different types of businesses, like sewing sports clothing, selling corn cakes and sweets, making handicrafts, selling woven textiles, children's clothing, making sports clothing, having a neighborhood store, tin craftwork, selling cheese, blanket macramé, and weaving clothing. The loan that they will take out will benefit these small micro-businesses.

Sarah is a group member. She says that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for ten years, joining through the invitation of a friend who was already a member of the institution. Presently, she has a neighborhood store. She began this business at the recommendation of her mother, and because she saw the need in her neighborhood.

The loan she will take out is to grow her capital (by buying rice, noodles, sugar, etc.). She will buy these items from stores and will later place them in her shop. This form of work allows her to generate revenue in order to maintain her home. She is married and has one daughter.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes the health area.

In this group: Angelica, Eufracia, Celia, Lourdez , Sarah , Lidia , Felicidad, Margarita, Gladys, Ines Vicenta, Jared, Antonia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christina Mellace


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