A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy fabric.

Las Poderosas V.a. Group's story

The communal bank "LAS PODEROSAS DE V.A." is beginning its fourth loan cycle through the Pro Mujer Program at the social center in Villa Adela. The group is comprised of 12 members and its president is Amalia. The members' businesses are varied and include: clothing sales, convenience store, video club, sportswear seamstress, cosmetic sales, crafts, guitar cover seamstress, and food sales.

The loan they are requesting will benefit small business owners such as Amalia. She has been a member of Pro Mujer for 12 years and joined by invitation from a friend who is a member of the institution. She has a sewing shop where she makes sportswear and backpacks. She learned the trade nine years ago when she helped her mother. After getting married she opened her own workshop.

The loan will increase her work capital so she can buy more fabric from wholesale dealers in the city of El Alto. She will sell her products on an order basis. This work allows her to earn enough income to support her household. She is married and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says it is the solidarity, savings and training in credit and health.

In the photograph one of the member's daughters is present. She is the one in the tan sweater wearing glasses.

In this group: Amalia, Victoria, Susana Deysi, Mercedes , Elvira, Alejandro, Elena , Elva Fabiola, Nelly Blanca, Garcia Mercedes, Kathia Aracely, Maria Del Pilar

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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