A loan of $1,750 helped a member to buy fabric.

Divinas Fortalezas Group's story

The “Divinas Fortalezas” (Divine Fortresses) communal bank will start the third cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Focal Center. It consists of six members led by a governing board presided over by Cristina. The members of the communal bank carry out a variety of businesses among which are: jacket sewing, Internet access, blended drink sales and butcher shop.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small micro businesswomen like Cristina. She indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for four years having joined thanks to an invitation from one of e institution’s promoters that visited her at home. She currently has a business selling jackets and she relates that she learned this business several years ago on her husband’s initiative; he’d been in this line of work since he was an adolescent. Currently they both work in the shop.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy fabric at wholesale from supply stores in the city of El Alto and after manufacturing them will sell them in her sales space. This way of working allows her to earn income to support her home as well as possible since she’s married and has two children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the training and the credit.

In this group: Cristina, Elvira, Elizabeth, Maria Elizabet, Petrona, Tatiana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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