Total loan: $3,950

Guapay Group

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

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A loan helped to purchase the ingredients to bake cuñapés [rolls made with milk and yucca flour] and improve her sales.

Guapay Group's story

Mariela is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her partner, has 3 children, ages 1, 8 and 12, and her business is selling cuñapés [rolls made with milk and yucca flour].

She is a good mother, persevering and independent. Her business is located in Puerto Pailas, 45 kilometers from the city, a rural area which joins the fruit production of the place.

Mariela is olive-skinned, has brown hair and is short (she is the first on the right, wearing a white shirt with a red collar), her native language is Guaraní ans she speaks Spanish. She shares her life with her partner who works as a driver, and with her children who go to school. They live in their own house built of wood that only has electricity. The desire to improve her business made her form a bank with people with businesses such as making straw hats, selling fruits, selling eggs, leather crafts, selling second-hand clothing, selling food, and an electrical shop. Her business is selling cuñapés, these are small rolls made from yucca starch and milk. They are very popular among locals and visitors. "I sell cuñapés because one can eat them at mid-morning and in the afternoons..." she says. The advantage of her business is that the sales are daily, the disadvantage is the lack of capital to purchase yucca flour by the quintal and other supplies. Her dream is to have her own house and a room where she can bake cuñapés. this is her first loan cycle with the institution in the 15 years she has done this work.

For these reasons, Mariela asks for a loan to purchase ingredients to bake cuñapés and improve her sales.