Pro Mujer is an international microfinance and women's development organization whose mission is to provide Latin America's poorest women with the means to build livelihoods for themselves and futures for their families through microfinance, business training and healthcare support.
- Financial Services
Pro Mujer offers women credit through communal associations of 20-30 persons each. Prior to receiving a loan, the women learn how to borrow, repay and save as well as make business plans showing how they will invest their loans. The women must guarantee each other's loans. Being part of a group, helping each other repay in difficult times, and sharing information is the backbone of Pro Mujer's lending approach.
- Beyond Credit
Pro Mujer stands out against other microfinance institutions through its unique combination of financial and non-financial services, based on the understanding that the economic advancement of a woman and her family is intimately tied to her physical and mental health. Pro Mujer offers business development training as well as health and personal development services. Clients receive training in health during their bi-weekly repayment meetings that focuses on pregnancy, family planning, pre- and post-natal care, and the value of primary health care.
- Pro Mujer's clients are Latin American women who are striving to improve their small businesses
so that they can provide better lives for themselves and their families. Pro Mujer primarily serves
the very poor sectors of society, defined as those who live on less than $2 per day. The typical
Pro Mujer clients knit textiles, raise livestock, or sell their fruits, vegetables or meat in the
local markets or from their own homes. The client's health is often at risk because they cannot
afford primary health care that would enable them to detect and treat serious illnesses.
- Over the last nineteen years Pro Mujer's affiliates have disbursed over $582 million in small
loans -ranging from $50 to $1,000- with an average loan of $268. Pro Mujer clients have saved $18.2
million in individual accounts providing a financial buffer for their families in times of
- In 2008 the organization disbursed $181 million in loans, showing an annual growth
rate of over 50%, and maintaining the historic repayment of 99%. Pro Mujer now serves over 222,000
active clients, and over a million children.
Edith Valdez de Blacutt, the mother of two daughters, lives in San Antonio de Padua, Bolivia. Struggling daily to support her family, when Edith found out that Pro Mujer offered loans for women interested in starting their own business, she took action. She used her loan to start a bakery, which she has since expanded into a convenience store. With her business a success, Edith continues to use Pro Mujerís health and training services. Full Story