A loan of $3,225 helped a member to buy wool wholesale.

Señoras Luchadoras Group's story

The "SEÑORAS LUCHADORAS" communal bank is beginning its first Pro Mujer loan cycle at the Panamericana Social Center. It is comprised of nine members and has a board of directors. Teresa is the secretary of the group. The businesses that the members are involved in are varied and include: knitting of sweaters, jackets and blankets, sales of traditional dress, sales of auto parts, and sales of "salteñas" (Bolivian meat pies).

The loan they are requesting will benefit small business owners such as Teresa who just joined Pro Mujer by invitation through a representative of the institution who visited her at home. She currently runs a business selling knitted sweaters and hats. She says she learned the knitting technique at a club for mothers several years ago. After that she decided to establish her own business with a small amount of capital.

The loan she is requesting now is to increase her work capital so she can buy wool wholesale at the fairs in the city of el Alto. Later she will sell the products she makes at her sales stall. Through her work she has been able to generate resources to support the family. She is married and has two children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says it is the loans, health area and training offered by the institution.

The wife of one of the members appears in the photograph. She is the one wearing a brown hat.

In this group: Martha, Simona, Angela Abigail, Jorge Luis, Graciela Agustina, Carolay, Lucrecia, Teresa, Marisabel

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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