A loan of $1,000 helped to expand her place of work, buying more shelves on which to mature the cheeses.

Maria Elena's story

Maria is a woman who is loving with her family and responsible at her job. She is married and has two children. She lives with her family in the Guamote community, which is found 45 minutes from Riobamba in the Chimborazo province.

Maria and her husband work making cheeses, but they need to expand, since the place where they work is very cramped. This is why they are getting their second loan with FODEMI, which they will use for the expansion of their place of work, buying shelves where they can mature the cheese. This investment will help Maria be able to produce a larger quantity of cheese so that she can sell more and make more income. She is also learning about how to make specialty milk products, like yogurt.

Maria's dream is to have a small business so that she can distribute her products wholesale.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaleigh Oleynik

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