A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy corn and cornmeal wholesale.

Las Ovejitas Blancas Group's story

The communal bank "Las Ovejitas Blancas" (The Little White Sheep) will begin its fourth loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Santiago II regional center. It is composed of eight members and is led by a board of directors where Señora Julia is the president. The businesses that the members of the communal association run are varied; among them are: carpentry, selling clothing, selling vegetables, weaving and selling blankets, neighborhood store, hardware store, selling slippers, and making sports clothing.

The loan that they will take out will benefit these little microentrepreneurs, of which Señora Julia is a member. She indicates that she joined Pro Mujer two years ago, entering at the invitation of a sister who is a member of the institution. She now has a business of selling humitas (a traditional Bolivian snack). She lets it be known that she began this business a number of years ago, beginning it after observing that this product sells very well in the market.

The loan that she will take out is to increase her capital in order to buy corn and cornmeal wholesale. She will acquire these items from the wholesale sellers in the city of El Alto, and after making the humitas she will sell them in her sales space. This form of work allows her to generate income to support her family, since she is married and has four children.

When she is asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responds that she likes the meetings for loan payments, since she meets with her friends.

In the photo, one member is not present, since for work reasons she left after the disbursement.

In this group: Julia Ramona, Jenny Sofia, Tatiana Virginia, Hector*, Rebeca, Roxana , Claudia, Elisa
*not pictured

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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