A loan of $2,200 helped a member to buy fruit.

Señor De San Bartolome Group's story

The communal bank “SEÑOR DE SAN BARTOLOME” is beginning its fourth cycle with the field partner through the field partner’s Villa Tejada regional office. This group is made up of nine members and is directed by a board of directors, of which Lucy is the secretary. The businesses of the members are varied and include selling salchipapas [a fast food consisting of thinly sliced pan-fried beef sausages and French fries], selling detergents, selling condiments and seasonings, selling soft drinks, providing transportation services, and a hardware store.

The loan will be used in some small businesses of which Lucy is a member. Lucy says that she joined the field partner ten years ago at the invitation of a friend that is a member. Lucy currently has a business selling fruit. She started this business with her first loan from the field partner, and since then she has worked at this business with her family.

Lucy will use this loan to increase the capital of her business by buying more fruit. She will buy the fruit in the markets of the city of El Alto and then sell it from her sales stall. She says that her business allows her to earn income to pay for as many of her household expenses as possible. Lucy is married and has three children.

Asked what she likes about the field partner, Lucy says that she likes the training programs that deal with credit and with health.

In this group: Isabel , Elizabeth Susana, Lucy , Ana Maria , Zulma Alicia , Beatriz Juana, Seferina, Edwin, Milenka Celeste

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Graham Robinson

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