A loan helped to purchase shellfish, provisions, and ice cream.


Maria Cirila's story

María is 46 years old, and a single mother. She has five children, ages 26, 19, 16, 14, and 11. The house she lived in was totally destroyed in the earthquake, and the family is living in the shelter. They are having a hard time financially, and there is no money to rebuild the house. She used to work buying and selling conch and various kinds of shellfish. Sales dropped. With the new loan from the Foundation, she will continue in the business that she had, and she will prepare food to sell to the public. She will sell empanadas, dumplings, shellfish tidbits, juice, ice cream, etc. In this way, she will move forward, along with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanora Brennan.


This loan is special because:

It provides funds to entrepreneurs recovering from a natural disaster.



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