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Maria Elena
Mrs. María Elena Zenteno Tejerina, 24, lives in a neighborhood in the city of Tarija. She is a single mother of one daughter. María Elena has sold vegetables for over six years in the local farmers market but she also is starting to make women’s clothes. This work has helped her quite a bit because, since she is well known by many, she’s been brought contracts to make many items. In order to do so she needs fabric, lining and other dressmaking supplies.

María Elena wants to earn better income to provide a better life for her daughter but she tells us that she wants to buy more material and that’s what the loan will be used for, to buy this merchandise in order to increase her income this way.

Elena tells us that she wants to improve her living conditions and this is why she says that the next loan she will request will be to buy a sewing machine because it seems this activity will produce higher income.
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La señora Zenteno Tejerina Maria Elena tiene 24 años de edad y vive en un barrio de la ciudad de Tarija. Maria Elena es madre soltera tiene una hija. Maria Elena se dedica al comercio de verduras actividad que viene realizando desde hace mas de 6 años esta actividad la realiza en el mercado campesino pero tambien esta dedicandose a la confeccion de ropa de mujer, este trabajo le ha ayudado mucho porque como muchos la conocen y por eso le han traido por contrato para entregar muchas prendas, para ello necesita de telas, entretelas, forros, etc.
Maria Elena quiere tener mejores ingresos para brindarle una mejor vida a su hija pero ella nos cuenta que quiere comprar mas material es por eso que el credito sera destinado para la compra de esta mercaderia para de ese modo poder incrementar sus ingresos.

Elena nos cuenta que quiere mejorar las condiciones de vida que tiene, por eso nos dice que el proximo credito que solicite sera para la compra de mas maquinaria de costura, porque al parecer esta actividad le genera mejores ingresos.

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CIDRE is a Bolivian microfinance institution with a strong social commitment to the community. It works to provide quality financial services to rural and peri-urban borrowers, focusing primarily on agricultural loans for dairy farmers and micro-enterprises. CIDRE targets segments of the population that have not traditionally had access to credit, and invests in much-needed community development projects. It is currently working with coca farmers in the Chapare region to replace coca with less controversial crops. Get more involved by joining the Friends of CIDRE lending team.

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  • $5,500
    Average annual income
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  • $33,535,800
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Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria Elena to buy fabric and other dressmaking supplies.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 14, 2011
May 17, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2013