A loan of $4,850 helped a member to buy wool wholesale.

Poderosas De Cumaravi Group's story

The loan group Poderosas de Cumaravi will begin their 5th cycle with Pro Mujer as part of the Centro Focal de Santiago II. The group is comprised of 8 members and is directed by a board of which Amalia is the president. The businesses that the members of the group run are varied and include: a neighborhood store, making sweaters with a machine, selling fried chicken, selling food, a butchers shop, selling condiments, selling clothes, and selling jackets.
The loan that they are requesting will benefit the micro-entrepreneurs, including Amalia. She says that she joined Pro Mujer 3 years ago on the invitation of a staff member of the institution who visited her home. Currently, she has a business making hand-crafted sweaters. She let us know that she started this business 10 years ago, and she began by working in a workshop that exported sweaters, learned the technique, and decided to become independent when she had a little capital.
The loan that she is requesting now will be used to increase her capital to buy wool wholesale. She will buy from the wholesalers in the city of La Paz and when she has made the sweaters she will sell them from her sales space. This form of work enables her to generate income to support her family as she is married and has 5 children.
When we asked her what she likes about Pro Mujer, she said that she likes the savings that the institution offers.
One of the group members is missing from the photo for personal reasons.

In this group: Amalia Reyna, Petronila Hilaria, Criss Karina, Isabel, Jeannette Gladys, Nelly , Esther Mayte, Vania Susy
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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alison Hynd

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