A loan of $5,375 helped a member to buy fish to sell.

Titintaya De Huatajata Group's story

The communal bank Titintaya of Huatajata is beginning their fourth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Centro Focal de Copacabana. It is made up of nine members and is directed by a board where Victoria is the President. The business that the members of the communal bank are in are varied and among them are: sale of fish, buying and selling of livestock, art of weaving, sale of api [popular drink made from purple corn, cinnamon, water, and sugar], food sales, and construction.

The loan they are requesting will benefit small micro-enterprises where Victoria is a member. She says that she joined Pro Mujer about three years ago, joining at the invitation of a friend who was a member of the institution. Currently she has a business selling food. She started this business at the recommendation of her husband.

The loan that she is now taking is to increase her capital(to buy fresh fish) that she will buy from the markets in the city of El Alto and later she will sell them in her retail space. This form of work permits her to generate income more easily in order to maintain the household as she lives in a life-partnership and has five children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer she said she likes that the loans favor women.

In this group: Victoria, Ros Mery , Rosa, Olivia Eva, Ana Gabriela, Juana , Natividad , Guadalupe , Andres

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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