A loan of $5,150 helped a member to buy potatoes and meat wholesale.

Hijas De Illampu Group's story

The “HIJAS DEL ILLAMPU” communal bank will begin its fifth cycle in Pro Mujer, as a part of the Achacachi center. It is made up of eight members and is led by Soledad, who is the president. The businesses that the members of the association have are varied. Among them are: selling fish, weaving blankets, sewing blouses, selling cheese, selling food and selling fruit.

The loan they will take out will benefit the micro-businesswomen, including Soledad. She says that this is the first time she has been a member of Pro Mujer. She joined at the invitation of a counselor from the institution that visited her house. Right now, she has a business selling salchipapa (a traditional food). She says that she learned this business several years ago when she saw the need the customers had to have a place that sold food.

The loan she will take out now is to increase capital by buying potatoes and meat wholesale. She will acquire it from the wholesalers in the city of La Paz. After preparing the food, she will sell it in her sales space. This work allows her to generate resources to support her family, since she is single and has a son.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes the savings that the group does.

One woman is missing from the photograph because she went to pick up her son at daycare.

In this group: Soledad, Erika Gabriela, Reina , Leonard Jhonn , Tereza , Yheny*, Gregoria, Raquel
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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