A loan of $2,700 helped a member to buy bell pepper.

El Paraiso Group's story

The communal association "EL PARAISO" is going to start its fourth cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal de Villa Tejada. It has eight members and is led by a management team where Teodora is the president. The businesses that the members run are varied: sale of fast food, sale of cosmetics, sale of pots, bookstore, blanket making, sale of bell pepper, notebook making, glue making, etc.

The loan will benefit small microentrepreneurs, Teodora among them. She has been part of Pro Mujer for four years, after being invited by a colleague who is a member of the institution. She sells bell peppers, a business that she learned from her mother, whom she helped when she was a kid. When she had her first child, she decided to continue with the same business independently.

She will use the loan to invest in capital (buy bell peppers) in fairs in Bolivia and Perú. She will then sell it at her grocery store. This allows her to generate enough resources to support her household, as she is single and has one child.

When she is asked about what she likes in Pro Mujer, she says she likes the area of health.

In this group: Teodora, Cristina, Bertha , Fortunata, Monica, Roxana Margarita, Maria, Virginia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Alcaina

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