A loan of $4,300 helped a member to buy fruit wholesale.


Unión Libertad Group's story

The Unión y Libertad communal bank will begin its thirtieth cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Santiago II regional center. It is comprised of eight members, and it is led by a board of directors. Mary is the president. The members’ businesses are varied and include making skirts, selling gifts, selling fruit, Internet services, photocopy services, macramé blankets, selling ‘salchipapas’ [sausages and potatoes mixed together], and selling pastries.

The loan that they will take out will benefit small businesswomen where Mary is a member. She states that this is the first time she has been a member of Pro Mujer. She joined by invitation from one of her colleagues who is a client of the institution. She currently has a business of selling fruit. She says that she learned to sell this product from her family. When she was a girl she sold by her mother’s side. She currently has an independent business where she works every day.

The loan that she will now take is to increase capital (to buy fruit wholesale). She will get the fruit from the wholesale vendors in the city of La Paz. She will later sell it at her place of sales. This way of working allows her to generate resources to support her family. She is in a common-law marriage, and she has a daughter.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she answered that she likes the training that the institution offers.

In this group: Mary Justina, Elisa, Marisol, Gilda, Sonia , Llilia, Teresa Amanda, Ruth
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish


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