A loan of $575 helped buying food to increase sales.


Ana Patricia's story

Ana is a woman very dedicated to her work. She married young and had three children, all of whom are in school. Her husband is an accountant and has been very generous. When she began working, her husband bought her a small bus with their savings so she could drive a route for students. With the revenue made from the bus, she started selling different flavored drinks out of her home to have another source of income to help pay basic household costs like water, electricity, telephone, and school as well as bus costs. Later she had the idea to sell food to the workers of the office in front of her house. She talked to the owner and the workers in the building and offered her services. The business let her use the cafeteria to be able to attend the workers. It was a good start because they do not charge her rent and she can sell her food, which allows her to get paid biweekly and with cash.

With this loan Ana hopes to be able to increase the variety of food she sells. She will buy meat, chicken, rice, beans, oil, condiments, dairy products, and soft drinks. She wants to buy baked goods and sweets and new utensils for preparing the food so she can give better service each day. This is her first loan, and she is grateful for the support given to a small businesswoman.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lydia Brantley



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