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A loan helped to purchase kitchen supplies to stock up her business, and with the profits, feed her children.
Tajibal Group's story
Lourdes runs her business in the "Plan 3000" area, which is one of the city's most populated sectors. People native to the city and well as immigrants from other cities settle down there. The area is located outside of the city and lacks many basic services. The climate there is warm and subtropical with a temperature that ranges during the day between 21 and 35 degrees centigrade.
Lourdes has a dark complexion, brown eyes and long black hair that she wears tied back. She is short and thin. Her native language is Guaraní, which she speaks with her family. She speaks Spanish when out and about and to run her business. (In the above photo, she is first from the left and wearing a white t-shirt and red pants).
Lourdes shares her life with her husband, who works as a taxi driver, and their children. The two older children go to school, and the youngest is not yet school-aged. They live in their own home, which is made of brick and cement, has a corrugated iron roof and has brick floors. The house has potable water, electricity and a sewage system.
A desire to improve her business brought Lourdes to lead a communal bank. The members' various businesses include: selling cell phone covers, selling coca leaves, selling quinoa juice, perfume sales, making cloth, selling beverages, skirt sales, selling ice cream and making empanadas. They are requesting a loan together to expand their businesses.
Lourdes's business is preparing and selling broaster chicken (fried chicken). It is a way of cooking chicken that is home-cooked and delicious. To make it, you need a lot of cooking oil. "The recipe is simple. Fry it in hot oil until golden and very crispy. You can always have it with french fries, rice or salad..." Lourdes says. The advantage her business has is that she has a regular customers. The disadvantage is the competition. Lourdes's dream is to open a restaurant that serves fried chicken.
Lourdes wants to purchase kitchen supplies, such as cooking oil, chicken, rice and other items she needs to stock up her business. This is her 2nd lending cycle with the institution in the four years she has been in business.
This is the reason Lourdes is requesting a loan: so she can buy kitchen supplies to stock up her business and with the profits, feed her children.