Total loan: $4,200

Las Propias Originales Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a variety of children’s clothing to increase her sales and pay her children’s expenses.

Las Propias Originales Group's story

Mirtha is a 35-year-old woman, single, and has two children who are 13 and 12 years old. Her business is selling secondhand clothing. She is a good mother, understanding, patient, determined, responsible, and hardworking. She carries out her business in the town of ‘Cotoca,’ a rural area located east of the city. It is known for its traditional foods and for the production of jelly and cane syrup (derived from sugar cane) and also for its baked corn and yucca, such as sonso [yucca and cheese], sweet breads, arepas, cheese bread balls, and biscuits. Its people are heirs that specialize in handicrafts, especially ceramics. The town has a warm climate with a median temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. Mirtha has dark complexion, long dark hair that she ties back, dark eyes, medium stature, and a strong build. Her mother tongue is Guaraní, which she speaks in town, and she speaks Spanish for general knowledge and for her business (in the center wearing a red blouse and short black pants). She shares her life with her children who study in school. They live in their own home built of wood with a corrugated iron roof that has potable water, electricity, and a sewage system. Her wish to pay her children’s expenses motivated her to create an association of people with businesses such as a taxi motorcycle, egg business, neighborhood store, phone card sales, baked good sales, fried chicken sales, and interior painting to request a loan and expand their businesses. Her business is selling secondhand clothing for children. She specializes in children’s clothing and her customers are fathers and mothers that constantly buy clothing for their children. She offers a variety of colors, designs, and also brands. “Children grow every day and that makes it so in a short time the clothing that you bought with effort and excitement is too small for them…” she says. Her dream is to be the owner of a clothing store and sell her own designs. She wants to buy a variety of children’s clothing to have a better selection and increase her sales. This is the first loan sequence with the institution in two years that she comes carrying out this business. For these reasons Mirtha requests a loan to buy a variety of children’s clothing to increase her sales and pay her children’s expenses.