A loan of $4,650 helped a member to buy meat in bulk.

Comadres Group's story

The Communal Bank “Comadres” (Godmothers) is starting its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Panamericana Community Center. This group consists of eight members and is led by a Board of Directors in which Sra. Mary is the president. The members of the Communal Bank engage in different businesses such as selling fertilizers, selling CDs and DVDs, selling meat, selling “salchipapas” (sausage and potatoes), managing a grocery store, and selling stockings.

This loan will benefit small entrepreneurs such as Sra. Mary. She says that she joined Pro Mujer seven years ago after receiving an invitation from a relative who was also a member of the organization. Mary currently has a business in which she sells meat. She became knowledgeable about this type of work when she was a girl since it was a family business. At the age of 16, she decided to establish her own independent business.

The loan she is receiving now will be used to increase her capital for buying meat in bulk. She will acquire her products from the distributors in the city of El Alto and then sell them from her retail space. Working in this manner enables her to generate income in order to support her family. Mary is in a common-law relationship and has one child.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, Mary said that she enjoys the savings and the excellent health services that are offered by the organization.

In this group: Mary Isabel, Raul Carlos, Victoria, Milenca, Francisca Susana, Esperanza, Victoria, Esther Abigail

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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