A loan of $4,425 helped a member bulk purchase of food and materials to make clothing.

Cruz Del Sur Group's story

The Cruz del Sur group is maD. up of nine women and three men, all of whom live in a rural area outsiD. of El Alto, Bolivia. Most of the group members come from families of five or six people with limited resources and live in adobe houses.

The group is involved in various activies, but mostly in the food and clothing sales sectors. More specifically, Wilfredo, Valeria, Santuza, Eugenia and Salome make and sell clothing (sweaters, skirts and shawls). Viviana, Cristina, Feliza and Vicenta sell food, including prepared meals, chicken, fruits and chuño (dried potato). Santiago is a policeman, and Juan Carlos works as a mechanic.

For the most part, the group members plan to use their share of the loan to increase their inventory or to buy raw materials and ingredients to sew clothing and prepare food. Though there is healthy competition in all of these areas, most of the group members are able to remain competitive by offering a wiD. variety of inventory and introducing new items.

Most of the group members have had previous loans, either with this group or in other similar groups at different microfinance institutions.

In this group: Cristina, Salome*, Juan Carlos*, Feliza, Vicenta, Eugenia, Santiago, Santuza, Valentina, Valeria, Viviana, Oswaldo Wilfredo
*not pictured

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