Total loan: $4,225

Virgen De Urkupi¥A Group

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

Virgen De Urkupi¥A Group's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!

A loan helped to buy cooking supplies to bake cuñapes.

Virgen De Urkupi¥A Group's story

Elisa is a single, 40-year-old woman. She has two children who are 8 and 16 years old. Her business is the sale of cuñapes [cheesy bread balls].

She is a good mother, independent, and very hard-working. She does business in the town of Puerto Pailas, a rural area that specializes in handicrafts and gastronomy.

Elisa is tanned and well-built, with long hair. Her mother language is Guaraní, and she speaks Spanish. (She is seated on the left, with an orange apron and a hat.) She lives with her children, who attend school.

The need to improve her business made her start a communal bank of people with jobs such as police uniform sales, a cleaning service, cereal sales, legging sales, diaper sales, sporting clothes sales, and livestock (cattle and pig) sales.

Her business is the sale of cuñapé, which is a small roll made of yucca flour with cheese. It is very popular at any hour of the day. "I bake at night and sell during the day," she says. The advantage of her business is that the sales are daily; the disadvantage is the lack of capital to purchase cooking supplies such as yucca starch, milk, cheese, leavening, etc.

Her dream is to improve her sales. She wants to purchase cooking supplies to bake cuñapes. This is her 1st loan cycle with the institution in the 20 years that she has been in this business.

For these reasons, Elisa is requesting a loan to purchase cooking supplies to bake cuñapes.