Total loan: $1,475


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El Alto, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy milking cows to increase production for the end of the year.

Zulma's story

Zulma, 18, is single, doesn’t have children, and has an artisanal cheese business.

She is reliable, patient, optimistic, committed, kind, and hard-working. She has her business in the Cullucachi community on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The area is known for being a region of milk and fodder production, in addition to having three ecological layers that facilitate raising ovine, bovine, and camelidae, and to cultivate vegetables and tubers. The cold and dry climate has a consistent temperature between 4 and 12 degrees Celsius throughout the whole year.

Zulma has dark skin, long black hair, she is short, and wears traditional clothing (hat, shirt and skirt) and her native language is Aymará, which is spoken in the area. For business, she speaks Spanish. She lives in an adobe home that has electricity. Her business is in producing dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, and similar products. She sells them at the market in the region and and also in the city. “In addition to selling milk, I also work in agriculture. I plant all kinds of vegetables and sell them at the markets in La Paz.” Her dream is to improve her family’s quality of life and she wants to make an investment in growing her business by buying milking cows to increase her offerings and to earn more money. This is her first loan cycle with the institution. She has done this work for 18 years.

For these reasons, Zulma is requesting a loan to buy milking cows to increase production for the end of the year.