Total loan: $4,725

Luchadoras Group

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy a freezer to preserve her empanadas and to chill refreshments.

Luchadoras Group's story

The Luchadoras group continues working, united. Their previous loan was used to buy merchandise, pay for services, undertake new work, and improve their businesses. They were punctual in their payments because they planned their strategy well. The group is currently overcoming all difficulties and is currently run by Marcela.

Marcela, age 32, lives with her partner and their three children, ages 6, 12, and 14 years old. Her business is selling soft drinks and empanadas (stuffed dumplings).

She is a good mother - tough and hard-fighting. She started her business in the 'Plan 3000' neighborhood, made up of survivors from the the big river flood a decade ago. Today, it's a manufacturing zone par excellence.

Marcela has brown skin, black hair, and a medium build. In the picture, she's the second from the left, dressed in black. Her birth language is Guaraní, which she speaks with her family, and she also speaks Spanish. She shares her life with her partner, who works in construction, and her children, who attend school. They live in a rented room made of bricks that has drinkable water, electricity, and wastewater services.

Her business is selling boiled drinks and empanadas. The drink she makes starts from barley and ferments for seven days. The empanadas are homemade, using chicken or cheese. "Barley is very healthy, and the drink is served when it's matured. Or if it's not ripe, it can be taken strained or unfilitered," she said. Her business is successful because these recipes are popular and eaten daily. One advantage of her business is that she has established routes to take her food on a daily basis. The disadvantage is that she lacks a freezer to keep her food fresh. Her goal is to open a food stall. She want to buy a freezer so that she can keep her food fresh and stock up to meet the demands of her customers. This is the third loan sequence that Marcela has requested in the two years she's been in this business.

For all these reasons, Marcela is requesting this loan so that she can buy a freezer to preserve empanadas and to chill refreshments.