A loan of $2,800 helped a member to purchase vegetables in bulk..


San Lorenzo Group's story

The communal bank "San Lorenzo" will begin its seventh loan cycle with Pro Mujer. It is part of the focal center of Senkata in La Paz, Bolivia, and it is made up of eight group members and directed by a board led by Elvera, who is President. The businesses run by group members are varied, including the following: transportation services, selling potatoes, selling vegetables, running a holiday store, selling costume jewelry, selling detergent, knitting and selling blankets.

The credit requested will be used to benefit small micro businesses such as the one that Elvera runs. She indicates that she joined Pro Mujer a year ago based on the invitation of a neighbor who is a group member. Currently Elvera has a small business that sells vegetables. She notes that she learned the business through the help of her mother and her aunt when she was a child. Later she decided to begin her own independent business.

The loan that she is requesting will be used to increase capital (to buy vegetables in bulk) which she will accomplish in the city market of El Alto and then later sell on demand to her customers. This form of work allows her to generate income in order to support her family, since she is married and has four children.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes the savings that the institution offers.

In the foto one of the group members is absent since she was at a medical appointment and for that reason could not be in the picture.

In this group: Elvera , Alicia, Rita , Nely, Teodora Catalina , Emma Rosa *, Teodora Antonia, Paula
*not pictured

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon


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