A loan of $4,600 helped a member to buy rice, potatoes, onions and carrots.

Paz En La Tormenta Group's story

The "Paz en la Tormenta" [Peace in the Torment] village bank will start its ninth cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Pan-American central focus. It is made up of eleven members and is directed by a board where Silvia is the president. The businesses that the members of the village bank carry out are varied. Among them, there are: sale of barley products, sewing of quilts, selling of food, neighborhood store, knitting of sweaters, sale of clothing, knitting of sportswear, sewing of jackets, sale of jewelry.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small microenterprises where Silvia is a member. She says that this is the second cycle that integrates Pro Mujer. She entered by the invitation of an aunt who is a member of the institution. Currently, she has a business selling food. It's worth mentioning that she learned this business observing the ways of business of other people. Previously, with a little capital, she decided to implement it.

The loan that she will take out now is for increasing capital (to buy rice, potatoes, onions and carrots). She will acquire them in the distribution stores in the city of El Alto and later will make and sell in her sale space. This form of work allows her to generate resources to maintain her family since she lives with her partner and has three children. When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that the likes the loan and health training that the institution offers her.

In this group: Silvia Sandra, Veronica , Lucila, Francisca, Martha, Jhiovana, Maria Elena, Andrea , Sofia Eva, Mery Wendy, Ximena Silvia

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alex Martin

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