A loan of $2,050 helped a member to buy condiments.

1 De Abril Group's story

The Communal Bank “1 de Abril” (April 1st) is starting its seventh loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Senkata Community Center. This group consists of nine members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Teófila as its president. The members of this Communal Bank engage in various businesses such as selling reloadable mobile phone minutes, selling roasted corn, selling fruits, selling sweetened popcorn, selling vegetables, selling orange juice, knitting sweaters, and sewing.

This loan will benefit small entrepreneurs such as Sra. Teófila. She says that she joined Pro Mujer three years ago after receiving an invitation from her friends from the group who are also members. In addition, a promoter from the organization came to her house to visit. Teófila currently has a business selling condiments. She learned about this line of work by helping her mother run the family business. Afterwards she decided to establish her own independent business.

The loan she is receiving now will increase her capital for buying condiments, which she will acquire from the wholesale vendors in the city of La Paz. She will then sell these products from her vending stall. Working in this manner enables her to generate income to sustain her family. Teófila is in a common-law relationship and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Teófila said that she enjoys the loans and the health services. In the photograph, one woman is not present because she had a doctor’s appointment.

In this group: Teofila, Gregoria, Lidia, Dilma, Felipa, Valeriana, Marcelina, Rosa*, Florencia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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