A loan of $5,450 helped a member to buy a variety of flours for baking traditional breads.


San Jorge Group's story

The communal bank San Jorge continues working together. The previous loan was used for buying merchandise and basic materials, paying for services and improving their work spaces. They made payments on time because they planned their goals carefully. Currently, Eddy presides over the bank.

Eddy is a 39-year-old woman, she lives with her partner. They have two children, ages twelve and seventeen. Her business is a bakery. She is dependable, friendly and very entrepreneurial. She runs her business in the 'July 7th' neighborhood, known for all types of manufacturing.

Eddy has a dark complexion, long black hair and a sturdy frame. Her native language is Guarani, which she speaks at home; she also speaks Spanish. (Eddy is seated in the center on the right, she is wearing a white/sky blue top.) She lives with her partner who works selling bread, and with their two children who attend school. They live in a rented room constructed of brick which has running water, electricity and heat.

Her bakery business uses flours made from yuca, rice and wheat. Her most popular products are: Cuñapé (a little ball made of yuca flour with cheese), rice empanada (baked rice and cheese), and wheat biscuits. "These traditional baked goods are easy to prepare, and are made from a rice and yuca base," she says. The bakery is so successful because it is open all week, she takes turns with her partner to do the work. The advantage of her business is the sales are seven days a week; the disadvantage is the lack of varieties of flour such as wheat, yuca, rice and others.

Her dream is to own a large bakery. She would like to buy a variety of flours for making typical baked goods. this is the fifth cycle of loans with the institution in the two years she has been doing this work.

For these reasons Eddy is requesting a loan for buying a variety of flours for making typical breads.

In this group: Maria Teodora, Ruth, Isabel, Eddy Rosario, Flor Esperanz, Amelia, Laura, Antonio, Natividad

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Diane Stockwell.


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