Clients

Maria Alejandra Rodriguez

When Maria Alejandra came to Pro Mujer, she was struggling to make ends meet and unaware that a serious illness was threatening her health.  Today, thanks to Pro Mujer, she is the owner of a hardware store chain and a proud cancer survivor.
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Sandra Sanchez

Sandra Sanchez, a mother of four living in the Argentine province of Salta, was raised by her grandparents. While they couldn’t afford to put her through high school, the couple made sure Sandra acquired the basic tools needed to forge ahead in life. That’s how she learned to sew in several dressmaking courses, a skill…
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Maria Fernanda del Monte

When Maria Fernanda first came to Pro Mujer a year ago, the 22-year-old was recovering from a long period of indebtedness. Fer, as her loved ones call her, had fallen prey to several lending institutions, taking out loans she wasn’t able to repay. She and her husband rode a bici taxi, or pedicab, for a…
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Lorena Arce

If Lorena had to describe Pro Mujer in one word, she’d say “success.” Before taking out her first Pro Mujer loan in 2008, the 48-year-old businesswoman sold food in a tiny rented space in the heart of Xochimilco, a Mexico City borough. Magdalena Montaño, now a Pro Mujer regional manager, approached Lorena and invited her…
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Gertrudis Castillo

To an outsider, Pro Mujer client Gertrudis Castillo may seem like an impoverished woman struggling to get by. The mother of five sleeps in a hammock and walks on dirt floors in her home in Corinto, northwestern Nicaragua. Each of her children were fathered by a different man, and $16 is all the child support…
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Diana & Silvia

Diana Lozada and Silvia Martinez met more than a decade ago, shortly after they both moved to Huehuetoca, a municipality in central Mexico. In 2010, they each signed up for a Pro Mujer loan of $240 in hopes of launching a sewing business together; they wanted to be their own bosses. The working moms started…
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Maria Guerrero

When Maria Guerrero first moved to Tezontepec, a small town in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, her business consisted of little more than a shoe catalogue and a high dose of determination. If she wasn’t selling shoes from door to door, the mother of two was washing clothes to pay the bills. It wasn’t long…
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Maria Elena Neri

The last few years have been particularly trying for Maria Elena Neri Flores, a longtime Pro Mujer client from the municipality of Tecamac, north of Mexico City. In 2012, the mother of three lost her apartment of 19 years after her husband became unemployed and they could no longer afford the mortgage. A few years…
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Elsa Castillo

Elsa Castillo first heard about Pro Mujer through a flyer nine-and-a-half years ago. The mother of two from Tecamac, a municipality in central Mexico, was drawn to become a Pro Mujer client, not simply because of our micro loans, but because of the integrated services we offer. In fact, Elsa took out her first loan…
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Pro Mujer and the Microfinance CEO Working Releases Road Map for a More Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance Industry

The Microfinance CEO Working Group, which includes the CEOs of pioneering microfinance organizations ACCION, FINCA, Freedom from Hunger, Grameen Foundation USA, Opportunity International, Pro Mujer, VisionFund International, and Women’s World Banking, have just released the “Road Map for the Microfinance Industry: Focusing on Responsible and Client-Centered Microfinance.” This document outlines the Working Group members’ vision…
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