A loan of $1,075 helped to buy vegetables, meat, spices, red and green mole.

Rosalia's story

Mrs. Rosalía P. M. lives in Axochiapan, Axochiapan in the state of Morelos Mexico. She is 52 years old and has completed her basic education. She has a business selling food for social events and she will use her loan to buy the necessary items to prepare for the banquets, in addition to some housing arrangements. Mrs. Rosalía has been in the business for 10 years. She says that it was her mother-in-law who taught her to prepare food and then thought to offer their services for peoples' parties, starting with small festivities and gradually are looking for large events. She says that she is satisfied greatly when people tell her that her food is tasty and hire her for another event. She works mainly out of her home and the people who hire her either come to her residence for the food or sometimes she is hired to serve at parties. Her business is important to her because it gives her an income and profits to raise her family and pay for the expenses.

Her favorite part of the business is to produce food for the event because she likes to cook and feels great satisfaction when people say that her food is tasty. The people who help with the business are of all ages, regularly attending 2-3 events a week in the month of December and January because this is when banquet orders increase. Mrs. Rosalía does not have competition because she is the only one who provides that kind of service in the town. Earnings are used to buy whatever it takes for her business, to buy grills, pots and even the cost of her home.

Mrs. Rosalía is married and her husband is a federal employee. She has 3 children: Julio César, 28 and works in the U.S., Humberto, 21 and works in a pharmacy, and Briceida, 16 and in preparatory school. Also, the wife of her son Julio César lives in her house. Her daughter-in-law helps with the work and participates in the profits. Axochiapan is very nice and she enjoys living there because it is quiet and she knows and lives with neighbors. She greatly values her business because it helps to raise her family, when they get sick or need for an emergency.

Some home improvements she wants to make are plastering the walls of her home, buying iron and glass for doors and windows. Her future plans are to build a house at the same location and leave an inheritance for her children. She intends to achieve these things with the help of loans. Mrs. Rosalía wants to tell Kiva and the Fundación Realidad "Thank you for the help you have given me for my business to continue running. Many thanks.”

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Dina Bach

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