A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy coca leaves in bulk.

Yana Pacuna Group's story

The "Yana Pacuna" communal bank is starting its seventh loan cycle at the Collpani regional office of "Pro Mujer". The group has eight members, and is run by a board of directors that has Lucy as its president. The members have different businesses, including selling trousers, making "enaguas" (traditional skirts), selling meat, grocery stores, production of sports clothes, selling meals, selling jumpers, and selling glass products.

This loan will benefit microenterprises in Lucy's group. Lucy herself tells us that she joined "Pro Mujer" four years ago, following an invitation from a neighbour who was a member of the organisation. Lucy currently has a business selling coca leaves. She tells us that she started this business four years ago when she decided to join "Pro Mujer"; she also already knew how to sell the product.

This loan will be used to increase capital by buying more coca leaves from sellers in the city of La Paz; Lucy will then sell the leaves. This work allows Lucy to earn an income to support her family; she has a partner and two children.

When asked what she likes about "Pro Mujer", Lucy responds that she likes the loans and her group.

In this group: Lucy Luisa, Silvia Eugenia, Wendy Pamela, Elena, Jhovanna, Calixta, Roberto, Susana

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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