A loan of $4,200 helped a member to purchase cheese.

Armonia Group's story

The community association "PORVENIR" or "The Future" will begin its eighth cycle in Pro Mujer or Pro Woman, as part of the Centro Focal de Alto Lima or the Central Focus of Higher Lima. It is made up of ten members and is headed by a board of directors where Margarita is President. The businesses that the members of the community association carry out are varied. Among them are: selling food, selling roasted beans, sewing pillows, knitting legwarmers, selling fruit, and selling gelatin and drinks.

The loans that they take out will benefit small microentrepreneurs where Magarita is a member. She says that she joined Pro Mujer three years ago, joining by invitation of a friend that is a member of the institution. Today she has a business selling cheese. She says that she began this business by observing that this one of the best selling products in the market. It is for that reason that will a little capital she decided to start this business.

The loan that she will now take out is to increase capital (purchase of cheese) that she will acquire in the markets of the department of La Paz and subsequently she sill sell in in a retail space. This form of work allows her to generate resources to maintain her family as she is married with three children.

When asked what she like about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the area of health that the institution offers.

In this group: Margarita, Justina, Julia, Ddenisse , Nemesia Natividad, Ana Patricia, Emiliana, Severina, Maribel, Juana

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Erin Yamaoka

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