A loan of $4,700 helped a member to buy cheese.

Villa Bolivar Group's story

The “VILLA BOLIVAR” communal bank will begin its fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, through the Santiago II regional office. It is comprised of eleven members and is led by a board of directors headed by Victoria. The members of the communal bank carry out various businesses, amongst them: selling cheese, working as electrician, selling food, knitting jumpers and blankets, running an eatery, selling shoes, sewing skirts, selling ice-cream, selling cosmetics, selling clothes, running a neighborhood store.

The credit they are taking out will help the women who run small businesses, one of whom is Victoria. She states she has been with Pro Mujer for six years and joined when she was invited by a friend who is a member of the institution. At present, she has a business selling cheese. She says she started this business ten years ago with a small amount of capital she had.

The loan she will take out now is to increase her capital by buying cheese, which she will buy from the wholesalers in the city of La Paz and then sell in her sales stall. This form of work helps her to support her household as far as possible. She lives in common-law-marriage and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answers that she likes to be able to take out a credit without being met with distrust by the institution.

In this group: Victoria, Josefina, Vania Iris, Karenina Crsitina , Dominga , Maribel, Antonia Delia, Lidia, Nancy Marisol, Carmen Rosa, Limberth Vicente

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Vaethjunker

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