A loan of $2,300 helped a member buy more merchandise to sell.

Cholitas Marinas Group's story

The Cholitas Marinas Group is maD. up of eleven women and one man who live in the central Cochabamba region of Bolivia. "Cholita" is a term commonly used to refer to indigenous Andean women who usually dress in skirts with long braids and sometimes wear bowler hats; the group's name, roughly translated, means "Cholitas of the Sea."

The group members have a variety of businesses, mostly food sales: Rosemary has a beauty salon, Maria Macedonia and Giovanna sell groceries, Alejandrina sells bread, Aparicia and Victoria sell prepared meals, Eugenia sells vegetables, Maria Antonieta drives a taxi, Meliza sells comforters, Mercedes sells clothing, and Fredy has a kiosk. Most of the group members have significant experience in their various lines of work, giving them an edge over the competition.

Most of the group plans to use their loans to buy more merchandise, or to offer a wider variety of products and services. Most of the group members have had previous experience with group loans at Pro Mujer and Crecer, other Bolivian microfinance institutions.

In this group: Maria Rose Mary, Maria Macedonia, Alejandrina, Aparicia, Meliza, Gimena, Giovanna, Maria Antonieta, Silvia Eugenia, Fredy, Victoria, Maria Mercedes
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