A loan of $4,925 helped a member to purchase supplies such as corn and potatoes.

Santa Maria Group's story

Ms. Juana, 53, is married and has a 17-year-old son. She devotes herself to selling prepared foods including "patasca" which is a traditional soup from the Andean highlands. The name comes from the quechuan word "phatasqa" which means split or burst, because the food is ready once the kernels of corn that are being boiled open up. It is a powerful soup of great nutritional value on account of the concentrate made from beef innards, ram's heads, potatoes, beans, corn and various spices. This food is begun the day before it is consumed because of its complicated preparation (often done as a group) and in some parts of the mountains it is often called "sopa de mote," "sopa de mondongo" or "mondongo." She has her sales post which is located in the town of Guardia. She began working with her mom when she was quite little.

This loan is her third with the institution. Ms. Juana will use this loan to purchase ingredients such as corn and potatoes for making patasaca. Her reason for seeking this loan is to continue improving in her work. Ms. Juana is a very hardworking person and is happy about the opportunity of having the loan because this business is her only means of supporting herself.

In this group: Juana, Elva, Edil Noel, Roberto, Kleidy, Margarita, Diana Lorena, Elizabet, Maria Andrea

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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