Total loan: $5,000

10 De Mayo Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a small, two wheel cart to replace the previous and to be able to sell food in the streets.

10 De Mayo Group's story

Prudencia is a 50 year old woman, she lives with her partner and they have three independent, adult children and her business is selling food. She fights poverty and inequality daily and when she runs out of strength and begins to feel helpless she prays for the things she needs. She runs her business in the 'plan 3000' neighbourhood, which allows her to receive survivors of the flooded river that turned the place into the city's thriving branch of manufacturing production. Prudencia beams like a Guarani queen with a glowing complexion, long brown hair, smooth and unique (the first on the right, wearing a white sweater). Her main inheritance is her mother tongue, which her mother taught her as a secret, only to be shared with family members on special holidays. She enjoys life with her partner, who works as a taxi driver, they live in a rented room that is built of brick and has running water, electricity and drainage. Her children are independent and have their own families. She learned lessons from the bible and enjoys going to church on Sundays with her partner and participating in Christian activities. The desire to improve her business brought her to the communal bank's leader. The member's businesses are: plumbing, sewing sheets, sale of used clothing, sale of natural health products, bakery, food sales, flower sales and locksmith's workshop. Her business is food sales and she has a little 2 wheeled cart equiped with a carafe and a stove where she keeps a pan for cooking. Her food is called "tripitas" and is made of beef tripe, that is cleaned and boiled then fried in the pan and accompanied with yucca. The trade is mobile and she walks every day to find a good place to sell, she comments "I sell everything I cook because it is cheap and delicious". Her business is successful because the food she sells is accessible to all the public. The advantage of her business is that she sells everything she makes, the disadvantage is the poor condition of her 2 wheel cart. Her dream is to count on her work tools, she wishes to buy a little 2 wheel cart. This is her 2nd loan with the institution in the two years that she has been working in this trade. Prudencia's reasons for requesting a loan are to buy a little 2 wheel cart to replace the previous one and to be able to sell food in the streets.