A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy tools.

Esmeraldas Group's story

The Esmeraldas Communal Bank is starting its second cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the regional hub of Collpani. It is made up of eight members and it is governed by a board of directors, of which Jovana is president. The communal bank members' businesses differ and include sand cleaning, electrical work, food sales, chicken sales, CD sales, garment sewing, and running a corner store.

The loan they are taking out will benefit small businesswomen, one of whom is Jovana. She tells us that she has been with Pro Mujer for three cycles after joining on the invitation of a friend who is a member of the institution. She currently has a business cleaning and selling sand. She learned this business from her parents, as it was a family business, and after having her son she decided to start her own business.

The loan she is currently taking out is to increase her capital to buy tools that she will get from the stores in the city of El Alto and later sell upon request to her customers. This way of working allows her to generate the income to support her household as best she can as she is single and has a son.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she tells us that she likes the health clinics.

In this group: Jovana Mery , Susana Teresa , Ingrid Abigail, Maribel , Corina , Dilza , Edwin Freddy, Sofia

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge

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