A loan of $3,575 helped a member to buy wool and fabric.

Bartolinas Group's story

The Communal Bank “Bartolinas” is starting its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Collpani Community Center. This group consists of eight members and is led by a Board of Directors headed by Sra. Quintina as its president. The members of this Communal Bank engage in various businesses such as selling blankets, selling food, managing a neighborhood store, selling cosmetics, weaving blankets, selling “tucumanas” (Bolivian meat-filled pastries), and operating a sewing workshop.

This loan will benefit small entrepreneurs such as Sra. Quintina. She says that this is the first time she has joined Pro Mujer after receiving an invitation from a friend who is also a member of the organization. Quintina currently has a business where she makes handicrafts out of wool and fabric. She started her business several years ago through her own initiative. Upon learning her techniques, she was able to open her workshop with a small amount of savings.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for buying wool and fabric. She acquires her supplies at the fairs in the city of Alto and then uses them to make the products she sells from her retail space. Working in this manner enables her to generate income to support her household. Quintina is in a common-law relationship and has seven children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Quintina said that she enjoys the savings.

In this group: Quintina, Jheimy Vanessa, Luciana Rozanne, Patricia Giovana, Samuel, Johana Gabriela, Ximena Rosario, Maria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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