A loan of $3,100 helped a member to purchase meat in bulk to stock her food sales business.

Fe Group's story

The community association, "FE" (Faith) is entering its third business cycle with Pro Mujer and the Pan-American Focus Center. The group is made up of nine members and is led by a board of directors of which María Elena is the President. The group members make a living in various trades, including: blanket weaving, masonry, vegetable sales, detergent sales, carpentry, work as a school janitor, etc.

The support from this loan will benefit the small business owners in this group, including María Elena, who joined Pro Mujer a year ago at the invitation of a friend who was already a member. María Elena operates a small business selling "salchipapas," a popular meat and fried potato dish. She started this business recently in order to cover important living expenses and support her son. María Elena learned the trade from her mother who also operated a food sales business.

With the support from this loan, María Elena plans to purchase meat in bulk to stock her business. She buys her meat from wholesale distributors in the city of El Alto and then cooks and prepares it at her food stand. She hopes that this investment will help strengthen her business and allow her to support her son and her husband's family with whom she lives. María Elena's favorite aspects of being a member of Pro Mujer are the training sessions she receives in financial and medical wellbeing.

In this group: Maria Elena, Ricardo, Betsabe Yola, Anna Maria, Francisca , Leydy, Fanny, Segundina Valentina, Cecilia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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