A loan of $3,000 helped a member to buy wool wholesale.

Dulce Maria Group's story

The “DULCE MARÍA” communal bank is starting its tenth loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Villa Adela centre. It is made up of eight members and is run by a board of directors of which Maria Luisa is the President. The businesses which the members of the communal association run are varied and among them are: selling hot dogs and chips, selling clothing, making drums, selling gifts, selling seasonings, making sportswear, putting together raffles, and a bookstore.

The loan they will take out will benefit small businesswomen of which Maria Luisa is a member. She says she has joined Pro Mujer this year after being invited by a friend who is a member of the institution. Currently she has a handicrafts business. She says that she started this business when she was a girl, because her father had a workshop where the whole family worked. After a period of time she inherited the business and that is why she is in this business.

The loan she is taking out is to increase capital to buy wool wholesale, which she will buy in the cities of Cochabamba and Oruro. After using it in her work she will sell the finished items in the city of Santa Cruz once a week. This type of work enables her to generate an income to support her family, since she is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says she likes the health training and the savings which the institution offers.

In this group: Maria Luisa , Catalina, Dante Favian , Fanny, Erica Valeria, Teresa Eugenia, Gabriela, Mercedes

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Judith McInally

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