A loan of $4,800 helped a member to buy potatoes, oil, and sausages in bulk.


Cordillera Group's story

The Communal Bank “Cordillera” (Mountain Range) is starting its 10th loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Los Andes Community Center. This group consists of eight members and is led by a Board of Directors in which Sra. Martha serves as the treasurer. The members of this Communal Bank engage in various businesses such as producing macramé blankets, managing a neighborhood store, selling rugs, selling sweets, selling sausages and potatoes, and selling shoes.

This loan will be used to benefit small businesswomen such as Sra. Martha. She says that she joined Pro Mujer 10 years ago after receiving an invitation from a neighbor who is a member of the organization. At the moment, Martha has a business in which she sells “salchipapas” (a traditional fast food dish that consists of sausages and fried potatoes). She started this business when her husband got admitted into a clinic and she needed to raise some money. For this reason, her sisters-in-law gave her a small amount of capital so that she could start this venture. Later on, after her husband got better, she continued the business in order to support her family.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for buying potatoes, oil, and sausages in bulk. She will acquire her supplies at the fairs in the of El Alto and then use them for preparing the dishes that she sells from her retail space. Working in this manner enables her to generate income for sustaining her family. Martha is married and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Martha said that she enjoys the health seminars and the training offered by the organization.

In this group: Raymunda, Catalina Virginia, Hilda Herminia, Felipa, Rose Mary , Jaqueline Gisela, Silvia Eugenia , Martha Aida
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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