A loan of $2,675 helped a member to buy a sewing machine.

Mercedes Group's story

The “Mercedes” communal bank will start its 8th cycle in Pro Mujer as part of the Cascada Focal Center. It consists of 8 members led by a governing board presided over by Rosa. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses among which are: blanket weaving, sewing workshop, cattle, sportswear manufacturing and newspaper sales.

The loan they’ll take out will benefit small micro businesswomen like Rosa. She indicates that she’s been part of Pro Mujer for a year having joined thanks to an invitation from a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a sewing workshop that she started when she returned from Argentina where she’d been working in a sewing workshop and then decided to start her own business.

The loan she’ll take out now is to increase capital. She will buy a sewing machine from wholesalers in the city of El Alto and then make items to sell to order. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her family since she’s in a common law relationship and has three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers the health services.

In this group: Rosa, Rosa, Floriana, Gumercienda, Rosmery, Marlin , Jhannet, Jimena

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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