Total loan: $1,000


La Paz, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Food

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A loan helped to buy kitchen ingredients in bulk so she can sell food.

Rebeca's story

Rebeca is 46 years old and divorced. She has an 11-year-old son and she makes her living selling traditional food. She is entrepreneurial, a good mother, active, reliable, conscientious, and hardworking. She plies her trade in a market in Pampahasi, an area marked by its origins: Aymara peasants who fought to escape the Spanish yoke and settled there as a sort of trench. It is on a hill in the city, with steep streets. Rebeca has dark skin and a long black braid; she is short and wears traditional dress (hat, shawl, and petticoated skirt). Her first language is Aymara, which she speaks at home, while she speaks Spanish in general society and in the course of doing business. She lives with her son, who is currently in school. They live in a rented house that has potable water, electricity, and sewer service. She makes a living selling traditional foods such as beef with rice and potatoes, spicy chicken with freeze-dried potatoes, baked chicken, and baked suckling pig. She cooks in the market in the morning so everything will be ready at midday; she runs out of food within three hours. "I bought a stove a few years ago to work in the kitchen, and I've gotten maximum use out of it," she says. Her dream is to have a restaurant with kitchen assistants, and she hopes to invest in buying ingredients such as flour, eggs, vegetables, potatoes, and so on, so that her cupboards will be fully stocked for daily cooking. This is her first loan with the institution in the 17 years she's been engaged in this business. For these reasons, Rebeca is requesting a loan to buy kitchen ingredients in bulk so that she can sell food.