Total loan: $1,025


El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy dairy cows and use the benefits to improve her family's quality of life.

Rosalia's story

Rosalia is a 30 years old, single, and the mother of two children. Her business is the production of artisanal cheese. She is entrepreneurial, a good mother, joyful, optimistic, happy, has a good attitude, and is committed, generous, friendly, responsible and very hard working. She works in the Calasaya community, which is an indigenous community. The story goes that the settlers gave it this name because a road went through the area on which travelers and merchants traveled in horse drawn carriages from the Peruvian side on their way to the city of La Paz. Directly adjacent to the road was a tall rock where the travelers always rested. Those that made long trips said in the Aymara language "KALA SAIKY UKARU SAMARAÑANI". translated to Spanish it means "We rest where the tall rock is." Therefore, it was known as QALASAYA in the Aymara language, and in Spanish, Calasaya. It is located south of Lake Titicaca, 57 km north of La Paz. Rosalia has a dark complexion, long black braided hair, is of medium stature and her clothing is traditional (Peruvian manta and skirt). Her native language is Aymara and she uses Spanish for business in the city. Her business is the production of artisanal cheese. The process she uses is simple but long. Before beginning to make the cheese, using recently ordered milk, she heats the milk to eliminate pathogenic micro-organisms present in the milk. She cuts the curds and separates them from the whey, takes out the cubes, rinses them and puts them in a pan. Salt is important both for the flavor and for the preservation and the formation of the rind. The maturation is the final phase which can last from a few hours up to several months. Her dream is to improve her quality of life. She would like to increase her production by buying dairy cows in order to generate better economic returns and give her children a better future. It is for these reasons that Rosalia is requesting a loan to buy dairy cows and to improve her family's quality of life with the benefits.