A loan of $5,450 helped a member to buy insoles, leather and supplies.


Luz Y Vida Group's story

The “Luz y Vida” (Light and Life) communal bank will start the ninth cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Focal Center. It has 8 members led by a governing board presided over by Venancia. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses among which are: crafts sales, lubricant sales, gutter making, soft-drink sales, clothes sales, upholstery service, shoe-making and ‘salchipapa’ [fried sausages with fried potatoes] sales.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small micro businesswomen like Venancia. She indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for ten years having joined thanks to an invitation from a girlfriend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business selling shoes. She relates that she learned this business years ago with help from her husband who manufactures these items.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy insoles, leather and supplies from suppliers in the city of La Paz and once they are manufactured will sell them in her sales space. This way of working allows her to generate income to support her home as possible since she’s married and has five children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the savings and the credit.

In this group: Venancia, Concepción, Victoria , Sara, Wendy Anahi, Ximena, Nieves , Yolanda
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz


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