Total loan: $1,450
El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food
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A loan helped to buy a fixed sales booth at the fair in her area to quit traveling.
Pacesa continues working on her business of selling empanadas. She invested the previous loan in purchasing cooking supplies with which she prepared “llauchas” [Bolivian empanadas]. She also had the intention of opening a store, which she didn’t manage to do. Her payments were on time because she reached her production and sales goals. Currently, she is in the process of possibly buying a sales booth at the popular fair in the area. This booth is outside on the street and is covered by an umbrella. With this booth she aspires to make her business stable and have a location where her customers can come to her every day to buy her empanadas. “I have many years in this business, and I always traveled. My desire is to stop traveling,” she says. Her business is successful because she makes delicious empanadas and her customers are regulars. The advantage of her business is that she makes sales every day. The downside is the lack of a fixed sales booth. Her dream is to have a fixed sales location. She wants to buy a fixed sales booth to quit traveling. This is the second sequence of loans with the institution in the 21 years that she has had this business. It is for these reasons that Pacesa is requesting a loan—to buy a fixed sales booth at the fair in her area in order to quit traveling.