Partner: Pro Mujer
Country: Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru
People Served: 149,172*
*Represents most recently available data as of September 30, 2015.
Pro Mujer is a development and microfinance institution (MFI) that is dedicated to providing Latin America’s low income women with the means to build their own livelihoods through the provision of microfinance, business training, and health services. Pro Mujer has several branches throughout the region; Global Partnerships is currently partners with Pro Mujer branches in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Pro Mujer provides credit to its clients primarily through group-based, village bank loans, which promote solidarity, discourage delinquency and eliminate the need for borrowers to have collateral.
Pro Mujer has been a pioneer in leveraging the existing microfinance channel to deliver its nonfinancial services. For example, Pro Mujer capitalizes on cross-trained credit officers to deliver preventive health education during village bank meetings, thereby reaching more people while keeping costs low. Pro Mujer’s health services include health education, basic screening for chronic disease and access to primary healthcare consults. Topics covered during education sessions include breast and cervical cancer, diabetes, hypertension and depression. Screening services provided cover conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Notably, Pro Mujer in Nicaragua (PMN) is part of GP’s Health Services Fund, a technical assistance and grant-based fund that invests in the design, start-up and scale-up of market-sustained health services delivered by MFIs and cooperatives. Working together, GP and PMN have designed an integrated health services model, whose early success has influenced the strategic direction of Pro Mujer’s health services program throughout its network. Learn more about the Health Services Fund here.
Angela Mamani lives in San Camilo, Peru with her three daughters. She runs a small grocery store that sells a range of products—from soda to fruit. A business savvy woman, Angela realizes that she needs to keep her store full of inventory to attract more customers. To do that, Angela takes out loans from Pro Mujer to buy her inventory in bulk, which saves her costs. She has also taken out loans to buy arcade games to expand her customer base.
Because Pro Mujer’s rates are lower than competing MFIs, Angela is also able to take part in its savings, life insurance, and health programs. This holistic package has proved to be very valuable to Angela because during one of Pro Mujer’s health campaigns, Angela received an ultrasound that revealed that she had gallstones. Pro Mujer staff then provided Angela with a health consultation, explaining to her the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise, and advised her to drink less soda.
Angela is proud of her successful business, sharing, “Before Pro Mujer, I was very timid. Once I began working with them I started having more confidence. You learn how to understand yourself and how to work with other people.” Angela hopes to send her daughters to school to learn technical skills and have brighter futures.
The description of this partner is based on Global Partnerships’ assessment and evaluation of them around our four impact areas. These do not represent the full spectrum of products, services and key areas covered by our partners. For more comprehensive information, you may visit their individual web sites provided in the information above.