Total loan: $4,800

Asi Es La Vida Group

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

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A loan helped to purchase supplies to make artisan candy in bulk.

Asi Es La Vida Group's story

Mariza is a 25 year old. She lives with her partner and has three children who are 9, 6 and 3 years old. Her business is the sale of sweets. Mariza is sociable, kind, entrepreneurial, independent, responsible and hardworking. She runs her business in the "plan 3000" zone, an area characterized by its gigantic population growth. Miners who have relocated from the west and ethnic peoples like the Ayoreos, who are natives of the area, have established themselves. All around this area, the majority of the next generation works in sales and manufacturing. The climate is hot, tropical and humid, with a temperature that varies during the day between 21 and 35 degrees centigrade. Mariza has a tan complexion, long dark updone hair and is small of stature. ([In the photo] she is in the center in a black shirt and bright blue jeans with a black fannypack and holding a notebook in her hand). Her native language is Guaraní which is spoken in this area, and she speaks Spanish in everyday life and in her business. She share sher life with her partner who also is in sales, and with her children. The oldest is studying in school and the younger ones are still in their mother's care. They live in a rented home built of brick with a corrugated iron roof and drinkable water, electricty and a septic system. Her desire to get ahead motivated her to lead a communal bank of people to take out a loan and achieve their dreams. Their businesses are: neighborhood store and butcher, sewing, fish sales, empanada sales, construction services, cosmetic sales, and the sale of seasonal clothing. Mariza is in the business of making and selling candy. The artisan candy she prepares are also of good nutritional value because not only do her candies taste enjoyable; they also provide daily nutrition through the adequate amount of calories, the flavor and color of the fruit from which they are made, mild acidity, and pleasant consistency, appearance and smell. Mariza says "the preparation of artisan candies has a relatively recent origin. At first they were very amateur, but now we follow processes and procedures that are almost industrial". This is the fourth series of loans with this institution in the two years since she has been running this business independently. Mariza's dream is to have a small store. For these reasons Mariza requests a loan to purchase materials to prepare her artisan sweets in bulk. She would like to purchase raw materials such as: granulated sugar, citric acid, pectin, fruit, glass jars and plastic wrap, among other things.