A loan of $2,625 helped a member compra de máquina mezcladora.


Prados De San Roque Group's story

The communal bank Prados de San Roque is beginning its third cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal de Los Andes. It is made up of eight members and is headed by a board with Elsa as the President. The business that members of the communal bank are in are varied, among them are: construction, making baby sweaters, selling sweatshirts, selling vegetables, sewing bags, spinning vicuna wool, and selling walnut cakes.

The loans they take benefit the small entrepreneurial businesses where Elsa is a member. She indicates that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for a year, joining through the invitation of an advisor of the institution who came to see her at her home. Currently she has a construction services business. She says she learned the business from her husband, as previously she worked as an assistant to him. Before her marriage they decided to buy machines for their inventory.

The loan that she is asking for now is to be used to increase her capital (to buy a cement mixer) that she will buy from the stores in the city of El Alto and then install it in her workspace. This type of work permits her to generate income in order to support her family, as she is married and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she responded that she likes to work in groups.

In this group: Elsa, Lidia, Teofila , Veronica, Juliana, Hilda, Eulalia , Francisca

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand


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