A loan of $3,350 helped a member to buy wool.


Manzanitas De Tilacoca Group's story

The Manzanitas de Tilacoca communal bank will begin its first cycle with Pro Mujer. As part of the Focal Point of Achacachi, it consists of eight members and is run by a board of directors where Señora Rosa is president. The group members carry out various businesses, among them: selling cattle, knitting sweaters, knitting blankets, selling stucco, selling electronics, and selling fruit.

The loan that they are taking out will benefit small microenterprises, one of which is Señora Rosa’s. She says that this is the first time that she has joined Pro Mujer, signing up due to an invitation from an institutional promoter who went to visit her in her home. Currently, she has a business knitting and selling blankets. She says that she learned this work from a friend who taught her knitting techniques. Later she decided to set up her own retail shop.

The loan that she will take out now is to increase her capital (buy the wool) that she gets at the traditional fairs in the city of El Alto, and that she will later sell, after knitting, in the rural festivals. This type of work allows her to generate income to keep up her home as well as possible, because she is married and has three children.

When she was asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answered that she likes the training in health and financial credit.
One of the group members can’t be found in the picture, because she left to care for her cattle.

In this group: Rosa, Corina Roberta, Angelica, Ximena , Lucia*, Rosa, Martha, Zandoval
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton


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