Total loan: $2,700

Los Vecinos Ii Group

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

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A loan helped to buy a grill in order to open a stall selling traditional food.

Los Vecinos Ii Group's story

Leidy is a young 19 year old woman. She lives with her partner and has two children, 2 and 4 years old. Her business is selling empanadas and pacumutos (kebabs). She is a good mother, businesswoman, independent, reliable, responsible and very hard-working. Her business is carried out in the "plan 3000" area, characterized by the colonization of migrants. Native Ayoreo tribes and relocated miners from the West took over the area and began manufacturing and trade everywhere. The area has a hot and very humid tropical climate, with a temperature that varies throughout the day between 18-35 degrees Celsius. Leidy is dark-sinned, with brown eyes, long black hair that she ties back, short stature, and thin physique. Her native language is Guaraní that she speaks with family and she speaks Spanish in general settings and for her business (she is sitting to the right holding a backpack and with her son, dressed in a white shirt and blue pants). She shares her life with her husband, who works as a constructor, and with her children who are not yet old enough for school. They live in their own room built from bricks and cement, with a tin roof and which has drinking water, electricity and sewerage. Her desire to excel led her to form a group of people with businesses such as: an auto shop, selling second-hand clothing, selling natural health products, air conditioner repair, selling fruit, selling food and selling imitation jewelry, in order to ask for a loan and improve their businesses. Her business is selling empanadas and pacumutos (kebabs). The empanada is a ball of bread, stuffed with a mixture called "jigote", and baked or fried. The stuffing can include red or white meats and vegetables. The pacumutu is a food that consists of various types of meats interlaced with vegetables, cut into cubs and skewered on a wooden stick or wire to roast on coals or on the grill. Both foods are very traditional. "I started my business because of the need to work and take care of my children. Little by little the earnings improve and the business needs to grow..." she says. The advantage of her business is that the sales are reliable and daily. The disadvantage is the lack of work materials such as a grill and other utensils. Her dream is to open a restaurant of traditional foods. She wants to extend her business through buying a grill to increase her menu and improve her sales. This is the 1st sequence of loans with the institution in 4 years that she has been working this business. It is for those reasons that Leidy is asking for a loan to buy a grill to open a stall selling traditional food.