Total loan: $2,850

Roca Y Coronado Group

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

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A loan helped to buy flour by the quintal to establish her business to pass on to her children in the future.

Roca Y Coronado Group's story

Claudia is a 29 year old woman who lives with her partner. She has two children aged 6 and 11 years old. Her business is selling empanadas.

She is a good mother, enterprising, dynamic, consistent, active, responsible and very hard working. She has her business in the Southern zone of the city which is an area of intense economic activity which generated the establishment of large markets with innumerable stores and shops. It has a hot sub-tropical climate with a daily temperature that varies between 21 and 35 degrees Celsius.

Claudia is dark skinned, with brown eyes, long black hair that she ties back, short in stature and robust in build. Her native language is Guaraní which she speaks with her family and she speaks Spanish because of the general culture and for her business. (In the photo she is the first to the right wearing a white shirt and has a grey purse). She lives her life with her partner who works as a builder and her two children who study at school. They live in their own house made of sheet metal and wood with a metal roof and brick floor and has running water, electricity and sewage.

Her desire to excel made her lead a communal bank of people with businesses such as; selling meals, selling natural medicinal products, weaving, appliance repairs, selling vegetables, a bakery and a bookstore to request a loan to improve their businesses.

Her business is making and selling traditional empanadas. Empanadas are a dough shaped like a half moon filled with minced filling that is fried in abundant oil or baked in the oven. There are different kinds such as: El cuñapé (with rice flour and cheese), el sonso (minced yucca with cheese baked in the oven), el pan de arroz, the corn empanada and others. "All of the baked ones are traditional and form part of our daily culture. We have them with coffee or tea and they are irresistible" she comments.

The advantage of her business is that sales are daily and routine. Her disadvantage is the lack of capital to buy the different types of flour by the quintal. Her dream is to have a stable business for her children to follow in her footsteps. She wants to purchase rice, corn, wheat and rye flour and other cooking supplies. This is her second loan with the institution in the two years she has been doing this business.

For these reasons Claudia is requesting a loan to buy flour by the quintal to establish her business to pass on to her children in the future.