A loan of $4,050 helped a member to purchase rice and beans in bulk.

Achica Arriba Group's story

The “ACHICA ARRIBA” solidarity group is in its third loan cycle with Pro Mujer, as part of the Centro Focal e Santiago II. It is comprised of eight members and is run by a board of officers of which María Elena is the president. The members of the group have a variety of businesses that they carry out, including the sale of potatoes and chuño (a freeze-dried potato product), a neighborhood store, construction service, sale of vegetables, and sale of potatoes.

The loan that they are taking out will benefit the small business owners such as María Elena. She says that a year ago, she joined Pro Mujer at the invitation of a friend who is a client of the institution. At the moment she has a neighborhood store. She said that she began the sale of these products a number of years ago. Upon receiving her first loan, she decided to open this business in her home.

The loan that she is getting now is to increase the capital (purchase rice and beans in bulk) that she will get from the wholesale vendors in the city of La Paz and later will sell in her retail space. This kind of work allows her to generate resources to support her family, since she is single and lives with her parents.

When asked what she likes about Pro Mujer, she says that she likes the training opportunities and the health area that the institution offers.

In this group: Maria Elena, Juan Carlos, Amalia, Jhanet Jhovana, Teodora, Paulina , Maria Virginia, Ana Cristina

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Wendy Harris

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