A loan of $5,200 helped a member to buy potatoes in bulk.

Linda Flor Group's story

The "6 de agosto" communal bank is starting its tenth loan cycle with "Pro Mujer" through the Villa Exaltación regional office. The group has eight members and is run by a board of directors which has Frida as its secretary. The members of the communal bank have different businesses, including: selling clothes, miniature handicraft products, selling sweets, make-up, bread, making sports goods, making games, and selling electrical appliances.

This loan will benefit the small businesses in Frida's group. Frida herself tells us that she joined "Pro Mujer" five years ago, following an invitation from a friend who was already a member. Frida currently has a business selling sausages and chips. She tells us that she started this business with the little capital that she had, and following a recommendation from her sister who does the same work.

This loan will be used to increase capital by buying potatoes in bulk. Frida will buy the potatoes in the markets of El Alto city, to later sell at her stall. This work allows Frida to earn a living to support her family. Frida is single and has one son.

When asked what it is that she likes about "Pro Mujer", Frida says that she likes the health education and the savings offered by the organisation.

One member of the group is missing from the photo. For personal reasons she did not want to appear in the image but is represented by her mother (who is seen standing).

In this group: Francisca, Maritza, Remedios Victoria , Ovidio Carlos *, Paula Celia, Frida Petrona , Claribel, Vicenta Irene
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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