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Total loan: $1,000

Yolanda Ines

El Puente, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to purchase a gas oven to make bread during the rainy season, and she will invest the profits in beginning to bake empanadas.


Yolanda Ines's story

Yolanda is 18 years old. She is single, and her business is selling bread. She works in El Puente, an ecologically-rich location with virgin forests, natural attractions, and soil that is ideal for agriculture. The production is mostly subsistence, such as rice, corn, yucca, plantains, and some critical.

Yolanda lives in her parents’ house along with her sister. Her mother taught her to bake bread, and for the last year, she has been working in this business. She has an artisan oven made of clay, and she heats it with wood. She also has a table where she kneads the flour. The process begins in the mornings in order to bake in the afternoons. She makes sales, beginning at five in the afternoon, at the door of her house. There are only two bakers in the community, and they sell everything they produce.

The rainy season is approaching, and the oven will be without firewood to burn, halting production and sales. Her advantage is that she sells all of the bread. The disadvantage is that she doesn’t have fuel during the rainy season. Her dream is to expand her market by baking empanadas and cakes. She doesn’t want to stop baking bread.

With this loan, she will purchase an oven and bottles of gas. It is the first loan from the institution in her entire life. For these reasons, Yolanda is requesting a loan to purchase a gas oven to make bread in the rainy season, and she will invest the profits in beginning to bake empanadas.