A loan of $400 helped ingredients including fish, meats, and rice.

Jessica Elizabeth's story

Jessica is 24 years old and lives in the outskirts of Guayaquil. She has a cement home but the only service she has is electricity. She is a single mother with one son.

When Jessica was a little girl, she used to help her mother sell food to the workers in her neighborhood. When she grew up, she invested her savings in a small canteen (dining room). Now she works every day from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. She makes “llapingacho”dishes (potato patties stuffed with cheese and cooked on a hot griddle until crispy brown), chicken with rice, etc. One of her challenges is dealing with the rain in her part of the country.

She will use the money from this loan to buy fish, meats, and rice in order to be able to offer a greater variety of dishes in her restaurant. Some day she would like to buy an industrial sized kitchen and open another restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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