A loan of $5,150 helped a member to buy flour.

Kiswaras Group's story

The communal bank ‘KISWARAS’ is starting its third cycle with Pro Mujer, through the Copacabana regional office. The communal bank is made up of eight members and is headed by a board of directors, of which Damiana is the President. The members of this communal bank have various businesses, including selling Laja bread, selling tucumanas [a type of empanada, a meat-filled pastry], a bakery, selling beer, selling toys and fruit sales.

This loan will be used to benefit small business owners, including Damiana. She says she has been a member of Pro Mujer for two years, joining by invitation of a facilitator who visited her at home. Currently, Damiana has a bakery business. She says that she started this business on recommendation from her mother, who taught her the business as a child. When she decided to have a partner, she started the business independently.

The loan she is taking out now will increase her capital (to buy flour), which she will buy from wholesale vendors from Cuidad de La Paz. She will then sell her products in her retail space. This kind of work helps her generate income to support her household, as she lives in a common-law marriage and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Damiana replies that she likes the loan payments that the institution offers.

In this group: Damiana, Luisa Janeth , Paula, Marina , Natalio , Guillermo, Alicia Giovana , Emiliana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Joelle Kuiper

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