A loan of $175 helped purchase a mobile cart for selling "salchipapas".

Elisa's story

Elisa is 52 years old and lives in her own home with her four children: Jessica (age 23), Javier (age 18), Jonathan (age 17), and Judith (age 12). As a family, they work together to find a way to get ahead each day.

When she had to start raising her children by herself, Elisa did not hesitate to begin work in what she does best – cooking. No one was able to dissuaD. her. She started her business several years ago selling chicharrón (seasoned fried pork), which she prepares at home and then sells on the street from a small vending stand. This business is very profitable because she generates good earnings from having several customers pass by to purchase a meal. Elisa has remained in business for twenty years and now has the assistance of her children so that she can continue to sell without problems. She is a determined mother who will not let any problem stop her. Her plans for the future incluD. opening another food business in addition to the one she has today.

This is her fourth loan with MFP. Elisa is infinitely grateful to everyone who maD. it possible for her to receive loans to continue her work. She is also very pleased with the work of her Communal Bank, who have all been very responsible in completing their payments. Elisa will use the money to by a “salchipapera” (a mobile cart equipped for selling fried potatoes and sausages) so that she can continue selling chicharrón in the morning and then salchipapas in the evening.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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