A loan of $5,375 helped a member to buy looms.


Bartolinas Group's story

The “BARTOLINAS” communal bank will begin its second cycle in Pro Mujer, as part of the focus point of Collpani. It is made up of eight members and is directed by a board, of which Quintina is the President. The business activities that the community bank´s members carry out are varied. Among them are: blanket sales, food sales, a neighborhood store, tucumana (meat-filled pastry) sales, a sewing workshop, sock sales, and blanket weaving.

The loan that they will get out will benefit small micro-entrepreneurs, one of which is Quintina. She states that she has been a member of Pro Mujer for two years, and that she joined at the invitation of her friend who is a partner of the institution. Currently, she has a weaving business and she sells gloves and hats. She states that she learned this business from a former job where she made the same products for exportation, and later decided to become independent and take her business to the national market.

The loan she will take out now is for an increase in capital so she can buy looms that she will acquire from the manufacturers in the city of La Paz, and afterward, install in her working space. This way of working allows her to generate an income to maintain her household as well as she can, since she is married and has two children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the area of the institution that offers training.

In this group: Quintina, Maria, Samuel, Genara, Johana Gabriela, Ximena Rosario , Aida , Jheimy Vanessa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jamie Schau


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