A loan of $2,650 helped a member to buy fabric.

Santa Catalina De Escoma Group's story

The “Santa Catalina de Escoma” communal bank will start its first cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Achacachi Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board presided over by María. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses among which are: knitting ponchos, fruit sales, ‘salchipapas’ [fried sausages with fried potatoes] sales, food sales and neighborhood store.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small micro businesswomen like María. She indicates that this is the first time she’s joined Pro Mujer having done so thanks to an invitation from one of the institution’s promoters that visited her at home. She currently has a business making and selling crafts (cross stitch embroidery). She makes it known that she learned this business form her mother who also works in this line of work.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy fabric from street markets in El Alto and after fabrication will sell them in her sales space. This way of working allows her to generate income to support her home the best way possible since she’s married and has 13 children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health training and the credit.

In this group: Maria, Viviana , Maria, Guadalupe, Martha , Bertha, Julian, Hernan

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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