A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy stews.

Flor De Vida Group's story

The “FLOR DE VIDA” communal bank will be starting its fourth cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Adela centre. It is made up of eight members and is run by a board of directors of which Carmen is the President. The businesses which the members of the communal association run are varied and among them are: making trousers, selling food, selling toys, local shop, gents' tailoring workshop.

The loan they are taking out will benefit small businesswomen of which Carmen is an example. She says she joined Pro Mujer three years ago after being invited by a friend who is a member of the institution. Currently she runs a business selling food and she says she learnt the business while working as an assistant in a sales outlet. She later decided to set up on her own.

The loan she will take out is to increase capital to buy stews which she will buy from the wholesale stores in the city of El Alto and after preparing them will later sell them in her business. This kind of work allows her to generate income to maintain her family as much as possible, since she is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says she likes the local payments.

In this group: Carmen, Dionicia , Araceli, Juana Felipa, Olimpia Santusa, Silvia, Jimena, Luisa

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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