A loan of $4,025 helped a member to buy vegetables wholesale.

Cristal Group's story

The comunal bank "Cristal" [Crystal], as part of the Collpani regional office, is entering its 17th cycle with Pro Mujer. It is made up of eight members and lead by a board of directors with Emma as the president. The businesses ran by the members of the community bank are varied and include: sewing traditional Andean skirts, making stuffed animals and the sale of chuño (freeze dried potato), clothes, fruit, food and traditional quilts.

The loan they will take out will benefit small micro-entrepreneurs, including Emma. She has been a member of Pro Mujer for two years since a member of the organization arrived at her home and invited her to join. Nowadays, Emma has a business selling vegetables which she learned from a cousin who previously ran the business where she helped out. She subsequently decided to start a business in her own area.

The loan she will take out is to increase her capital (to buy vegetables wholesale) which she will acquire from the retail stores in the city of El Alto and subsequently bring to her sales area. This type of work allows her to generate income for her family since she is married with five children.

When asked what it is that she likes about Pro Mujer, Emma responds that she likes the training sessions in health and lending which the organization offers.

In this group: Emma Paulina , Eulalia, Toribia, Eusebia , Evarista, Fidel, Dominga, Rosmery
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hasmin Sherwin

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