A loan of $3,500 helped a member to buy fabric.

Cielito Group's story

Cielito Communal Bank will start its first loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Cascada Regional Office. It's made up of eight members governed by a board of directors of which Juana's the treasurer. The bank members carry out a variety of jobs, including vegetable sales, making athletic clothing, jewelry sales, a neighborhood store, and food sales.

The loan they're going to get will benefit small business entrepreneurs like Juana. She says she has belonged to Pro Mujer for two years, having joined on the invitation of a bank counselor who visited her at home. Currently she has a business tailoring and selling athletic clothing. She says she started this business several years ago when she acquired a sewing machine. In time her children also started to work in her shop.

Juana's loan is to increase her capital by buying fabric. She'll get it from the wholesale vendors in the city of El Alto and sell the clothing on order after production. This job allows her to generate income to support her household to the extent possible, because she's married and has five children.

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

In this group: Victoria, Marcela, Juana, Danitza Fernanda , Carla Andrea, Remberto, Francisca, Justina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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