Total loan: $5,225

Las Venteritas Group

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

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A loan helped to buy cooking supplies to make traditional dinners.

Las Venteritas Group's story

Ana, 29, lives with her partner and 10-year-old daughter. She is in the food business.

She struggles daily against despair and inequality, and when she does not see a solution she prays for the suffering without looking back. She runs her business in "Cotoca" which is a rural area with significant agricultural production.

Ana looks like a princess with her bronze complexion and long, black hair. She is soft and delicate. Her mother tongue is like a love song taught to her as a child by her mother. She only speaks Guarani with relatives and uses Spanish for her daily life (she is the fourth from the right in a purple top, black leggings and black flipflops).

She shares her life with her partner who works in agriculture and her daughter attends school. They live in a brick house that belongs to the family and the only utility they have is electricity, since there are no other utilities in the area.

Her desire is to improve her business is what made her the leader of the communal bank. The other members are involved in yucca crop, used clothing sales, telephone card sales, straw hat craft, sale of natural health products, sale of boiled soft drinks, a beauty salon, breakfast service and a convenience store.

Ana's business is serving dinners and "patasca" is the specialty in highest demand. It is prepared with the whole pig's head and corn. The cooking time is approximately nine hours and it is served as a soup. "I make the dinner every day but must do it well because the customers are very demanding..." she says. Her business is successful because of her delicious cooking. The advantage of the business is that she works on an order basis and is known for her good work. The disadvantage is the rise in prices of cooking supplies. Her dream is to expand the business to serve lunch and dinner. She wants to buy cooking ingredients such as meat, yucca, oil and other items. This is her first loan through the institution in the three years she has been in business.

Ana is requesting a loan to buy cooking supplies to make traditional dinners.