A loan of $3,225 helped a member to buy fruit.

Las Iluminadas Group's story

The communal bank ‘Las Iluminadas’ are starting their first cycle with the organization ‘Pro Mujer’. They are working with one of the regional offices in the province of German Busch. The group is made up of eight women and it is managed by a board of directors, of which Maria is the president. The members do various activities, such as selling woolen clothing, food, CDs and fruit and making rugs, miniatures (for the Alasitas fair) and cakes.

The loan will benefit the group of small businesswomen. Maria has been a member of this group for four years. She joined after being invited to by a friend of hers who was also a member. Currently, she has a business selling fruit. She learnt this trade several years ago after helping her aunt. After having her first child, she decided to start up on her own, using her knowledge of the market.

The loan that she will receive is to buy more fruit which she will buy wholesale in El Alto and then sell on her stall. This work allows her to generate an income to maintain her family, as she is single and has two children.

When she is asked what she likes about ‘Pro Mujer’, she tells us that it is the loans, the savings, the training and the medical service that the institution offers.

In this group: Maria Asencia, Ivan Justo, Josefina , Yocelin Rubi, Gladys, Isabel Elena , Elba Eva, Santusa

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Matthew Walker

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