A loan of $3,275 helped a member to buy wool.


Gaviotas Group's story

“Gaviotas” (Seagulls) is a Communal Bank that will start its firs cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the German Busch Community Center. It is composed of eight members, guided by a directive board presided over by Marlene. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different activities such as selling groceries, weaving caps and leggings, selling clothes, selling sheepskin jackets, and selling detergents. Marlene is one of the micro entrepreneurs forming this group, and she will benefit from the requested loan. She says it is her first time with Pro Mujer, having been invited a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently weaves leggings, an activity she started many years ago thanks to a friend who taught her the weaving techniques and showed her the selling areas. The loan she is currently requesting will be used to increase her working capital by buying wool form the wholesalers of the town of El Alto; after having weaved them she will sell them in her selling stall. This type of activity helps her earning an income to economically support her household as much as she can, as she lives with her lifetime partner and she has three children. When asked about what she likes of Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes the health department offered by the institution.

In this group: Marlene, Cristina, Alondra Graciela , Elvira, Martha, Arminda , Esteban , Felicita
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emanuela Villa


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