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Sombrerito Group

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

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A loan helped to buy general medicines to open a doctor's office and care for patients in her community.


Sombrerito Group's story

Jessica is a 24 year old woman. She lives with her partner, has a 2 year old child, and her job is in medicine. She is a good mother, independent, friendly, easy-going, responsible and hard-working. She does her job in the location of "El Torno" where the majority of the residents make a living growing yucca and bananas. They also extract lime powder close to the river to sell it in the city. The city has a hot subtropical climate with a temperature that varies during the day between 16-23 degrees Celsius. Jessica has dark skin, brown eyes, long black hair that she wears tied back, a short stature, and a thin physique. Her native language is Guaraní which she speaks with family and she speaks Spanish in public and for her work (in the picture she is standing, the third from the right, wearing a black jacket with pink stripes). She shares her life with her partner who is an employee and her son who has started walking. They live in a rented room made of brick and cement with a tin roof and which has electricity and well water that is extracted through an electric pump. They do not have sewerage. The need to enlarge her business for the benefit of the community propelled her to lead a bank of people with businesses such as: selling traditional boiled soft drinks, motorcycle taxi service, appliance repair, selling second-hand clothing, a bakery, selling fruit and selling food, in order to ask for a loan and improve their jobs. Her job is nursing. She works as a nurse in a nearby hospital and she also has a small office at home where she gives injections and some medical attention to patients with work-related injuries or sicknesses like flus and colds. Her community is far from the city and finding a doctor or a hospital is difficult and sometimes impossible. "I studied nursing and I work in a hospital. I set up a small doctor's office to help my community and I need to supply it with instruments and basic medicines..." she says. The advantage of her business is that she is doing something good for her community. The disadvantage is the distance and lack of money to supply her office with the medicines and medical instruments. Her dream is to help improve the health of her community. She wants to buy basic medicines to cure and treat outpatient sicknesses such as colds, flus and others to help heal the illnesses of the residents of her community. This is the 1st loan with the institution in the 5 years that she has worked as a professional nurse. It is for these reasons that Jessica is asking for a loan to buy general medicines to open a doctor's office and care for patients in her community.