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Total loan: $575

Maria Isabel

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Portoviejo, Manabí Province, Ecuador / Food

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A loan helped to buy plantains, lard, cooking utensils, chicken, cheese, and other supplies.


Maria Isabel's story

Maria Isabel is 39 years old, in a common-law relationship, and has three children (ages 16, 12, and 10) who are in school. Her husband is an electrician and a security guard. They live in Portoviejo, a city that was affected by an earthquake on April 16, 2016, and now by the COVID-19 pandemic. This area is reach in its production of vegetables, legumes, and tropical fruits for domestic consumption.

Maria Isabel and her husband sell empanadas and fruit juices that they prepare. These products are sold in an area in the central part of the city where they have set up a tent, tables, and chairs along the road. They sell three times a week when her husband has time off from his job as a security guard.

Maria Isabel and her husband were not able to sell at the start of the pandemic due to social isolation, the fear of getting sick, and various restrictions. However, they are now following biosafety protocols.

This loan will be used to buy plantains, lard, cooking utensils, chicken, cheese, and other supplies. Her dreams are to own a shop and to see her family in good health.