A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy an oven.

Manzanitas Group's story

The Manzanitas communal bank is starting it's first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Villa Exaltación regional office. They have eight members and are run by a board of directors with Mercedes as the President. The members' businesses are diverse and are moving along. The various businesses include selling bricks, making polleras (skirts), selling clothing, and sewing centerpieces.

This loan will help member Mercedes's small business. She said that this is the first time she's joined Pro Mujer, after being invited by a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business in making bricks. She learned this skill five years ago, after starting a family with her partner, who worked in this job before.

This loan will allow her to increase her capital and buy an oven. She will buy this from wholesale distributors in the city of El Alto. Then she will sell it at a customer's request. This type of work allows her to gain resources to maintain her home since she has a partner and two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Mercedes said that she likes the training in financing and health.

In this group: Mercedes Sofia, Lidia, Silvia, Sonia, Matilde Martha, Martin*, Maria Paola, Elizabeth Manuela
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske

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