A loan of $3,200 helped a member to buy fabric wholesale.

Amachuma Group's story

The “Amachuma” communal bank will begin its second cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Patacamaya regional center. It is comprised of eight members and led by a board of directors. Elena is the president. The members’ businesses are varied and include sewing traditional skirts (clothing worn by Bolivian women), potato production, transportation service, milk sales, and raising livestock.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small businesswomen where Elena is a member. She states that this is her first cycle being a part to Pro Mujer. She joined by invitation from one of the institution’s representatives who visited her at her house.

She currently has a business of making and selling ‘polleras’ [the traditional skirts]. She says that she undertook this business on her own initiative several years ago. She did this because she knew how to sew, and she observed that this business is very profitable in the market.

The loan is to increase capital (to buy fabric wholesale). She will get the fabric in the city of La Paz. After making the skirts she will sell them at her sales space. This way of working allows her to generate income to support her family. She is married and has three children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she responded that she likes that her colleagues in the group are dependable.

In this group: Elena , Simona , Frumencio, Eleuteria, Felipa Maria, Gloria Celestina , Blanca , Marlin Martha

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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