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Total loan: $1,500

Nora

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El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy a two-wheeled cart, stove and utensils to replace what she has and improve her working conditions.


Nora's story

Nora is a 38 year old single woman. She has three daughters aged 11, 14 and 17 and works selling fried fish.

She fights against misfortune and poverty every day and knows how to ask for what she needs when there is no other way out. She runs her business in the central "16 de Julio" region, which is characterised by informal trade throughout the area.

Nora looks like an Inca princess with tanned skin, long black hair, and a fragile and delicate frame. Her greatest inheritance was her mother tongue, which she is forgetting little by little because she only uses it with Aymará family members at town festivals and speaks Spanish in her daily life. She lives with her daughters, who study at school and go to work. They live in a rented adobe room with drinking water, electric power and sewerage. Despite all of her work and the lack of time, she makes time every Sunday to receive the word of God and she goes to every church meeting.

She works selling fried fish. She buys fish every day to cook at her travelling sales stall, using a two-wheeled cart out on the street. She serves the fried fish with rice and freeze-dried potato, adding her onion-based "ahogado" sauce. "I change location every day and always sell out of everything I cook," she says. Her business is successful because her food is well-seasoned. The advantage of her business is that her customers know her. The disadvantage is that her cart, stove and utensils are breaking down. She dreams of having a large sales stall in good condition. She wants to buy a two-wheeled cart, stove and utensils. This is her first loan from the institution in her five years working in this business.

For these reasons, Nora is requesting a loan to buy a two-wheeled cart, stove and utensils to replace what she has and improve her working conditions.