Total loan: $1,475


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El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped purchase groceries to supply her store and cover her children's expenses.

Remedios's story

Remedios is a 37 year old woman, she is married and has a 1 year old son and two daughters, aged 4 and 6. She makes a living selling groceries. She is very careful, wrapping her son and covering him on her chest, she is patient and also knows how to forgive, she does not know danger for she does know know sin. Her business is located in the 'Villa Ingenio' area, known for concentrating the minerals which are produced in the nearby mountain ranges. Remedios has black hair, dark skin and rosy lips, historically known as the bronze race. Each word is a poem of grace and harmony because her mother tongue is Aymara which she practices only among family members and she speaks Spanish in her daily life. She shares her life with her husband who works as an educator and with her children who study in school. They live in their own room, built of brick and they enjoy potable water, electric energy and sewage. Her husband is doing his "year of province" and does not currently live with them, he lives in another province. Her business is the sale of foods and groceries such as: eggs, noodles, vegetables, salt, soft drinks, chicken, condiments and others. "I am the only store in the neighborhood, I don't have competition..." she comments. Her business is successful because she does not have competition. Her business' advantage is the daily sales, the disadvantage is the lack of merchandise. Her dream is to open several stores, she wants to purchase groceries such as noodles, rice, oil and others. This is the first sequence of loans with the institution in the 16 years which she has run the store. These are the reasons that Remedios is requesting a loan to purchase groceries to supply her store and cover her children's expenses.