A loan of $5,225 helped a member to buy a sewing machine.

Dalias Group's story

Dalias Communal Bank will start its fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana Regional Office. It's made up of nine members governed by a board of directors of which Elvira's the secretary. The communal bank members carry out a variety of businesses, including traditional aprons, handicrafts, food sales, knitting sweaters, selling soybean cracklings, knitting alpaca sweaters by machine, and roasting chicken.

The loan they're going to get will benefit small business entrepreneurs like Elvira. She says she has been with Pro Mujer for three years, having joined on the invitation of a counselor from the institution who visited her at her house. Currently Elvira has a business making traditional women's aprons, which she started when she saw the business had good sales.

The loan Elvira's going to get is to increase her capital by buying an upright sewing machine. She'll get it from the distribution companies in the city of El Alto and sell what she makes in her sales stall. This form of work allows Elvira to generate resources to support her household to the extent possible, because she's married and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she says the health and loan training.

In this group: Justina , Wilma, Casilda Anastacia , Elvira, Lidia , Lourdes Rosmery, Juana, Juana Alejandra , Maritza

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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