A loan of $2,900 helped a member to buy beer in bulk to stock her convenience store.

Tahuantinsuyo Group's story

The Community Group "Tahuantinsuyo" is about to start their first business cycle with Pro Mujer as a part of the Juan Pablo Community Center. This group of entrepreneurs is made up of eight women and is run by a board of directors, of which Salome is president. The group members work in various trades, including: running a convenience store, selling clothing, running a bakery, selling jewelry, sewing and weaving blankets, etc.

The funds from this loan will be put toward the business endeavors of all the group members, including Salome's business. Salome joined Pro Mujer two years ago at the invitation of a friend who is also a member. Salome currently runs a convenience store in her neighborhood, a business she learned by observing a couple of her neighbors in their business endeavors. She eventually decided to pull together what savings she could to open her own store.

With the support from this loan, Salome plans to purchase beer in bulk to stock her convenience store. She buys products for her store from wholesale distributors in El Alto and then sells them at her store. This business is her primary source of income for providing for her family, which includes her husband and two children. When asked what she likes about being a member of Pro Mujer, Salome answered that she likes the flexible credit plans, the training she receives and the health services that Pro Mujer offers as well.

In this group: Salome, Encarnación , Valeria, Marta Ireinia, Marisol , Marisol, Santusa, Mery

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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