Total loan: $2,500

Sabrositas Group

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

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A loan helped to purchase second-hand clothing in bulk to supply her customers.

Sabrositas Group's story

Jhovana is a 30-year-old woman, who lives with her partner and has 4 children, ages 4, 5, 9, and 10 years old. Her business is selling second-hand clothing. She is sincere, enterprising, generous, understanding, responsible and hardworking. Her business is located in the "Plan 3000" zone, an area characterized by its massive population growth; miners relocated from the western part of the country and ethnic groups such as "Los Ayoreos", native of the region, have established themselves. The next generation mostly works in trade and manufacturing. The climate is warm, tropical and humid, with a temperature that varies during the day between 21-35 degrees centigrade. Jhovana is olive skinned, short, has long black hair she keeps tied up, dark eyes, her native language is Guaraní, and she speaks Spanish due to the general culture and for the work she does (she is the third from the left, is wearing a light blue shirt and is hugging 2 children). She shares her live with her partner, who works in construction, and their four children. The older two go to school and the younger two aren't yet at school age. They live in a rented house that has drinking water, electricity and sewer services. Her desires to better herself and to improve her children's quality of life caused her to organize a communal bank of people with various businesses such as silverware sales, cell phone sales, chicken sales, flower sales, tea service, tailoring shop, and cosmetics sales to expand their businesses. Her business is selling second-hand clothing, which she does as a street vendor in the different fairs and markets in the zone. "Recycled clothing has begun to be a more popular alternative, without stigma, and is a business that is on the rise for some entrepreneurs..." she says. Her dream is to have her own store in a permanent location to be able to stop being a street vendor. She wants to increase her stock of second-hand clothing, purchasing them in bulk to reduce costs and generate more earnings. This is her first loan cycle with the institution in the three years that she has been doing this work. For these reasons, Jhovana asks for a loan to purchase second-hand clothing in bulk to supply her customers.