A loan of $3,350 helped a member to purchase cheese.


Mallku Irpiri Group's story

The communal bank "Mallku Irpiri" will start its fifteenth lending cycle with Pro Mujer as a part of Centro Focal de Santiago II. The communal bank is made up of eight members and run by a board of directors. Señora Elvira is the president of the board of directors. The members' businesses are varied and include: selling eggs, locksmithing, selling milk and cheese, clothing sales, weaving blankets, selling plaster, making baby clothing and selling sweets.

The loan they will take out will benefit small, micro-entrepreneurs, of which señora Elvira is one. She says that four years ago she joined Pro Mujer at the invitation of some friends who were members of the institution. Currently, señora Elvira has a business selling cheese. She tells us that she started the business on her own initiative with the first loan she took out from Pro Mujer.

The loan that señora Elvira is taking out now is for increasing her capital to purchase cheese. She will acquire the cheese in the rural communities of La Paz Department and later sell it in her sales stall. This line of work allows her to generate the resources she needs to support her household as well as as can. She is married and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, señora Elvira says that she likes the area of health, the trainings and the loans.

In this group: Elvira, Isamar , Ruth Miriam, Rosa , Lidia , Nitza Evelin, Melvy Karina , Martha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal


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