A loan of $1,200 helped cement and bricks to build a food stand.

Bacilio Orlando's story

Bacilo T. is 38 years old. He lives in suburban Paraiso (a modest, hilly area with dilapidated dirt roads), part of the city of Guayaquil. His home is made of cement; he has electricity and some very basic utilities. His wife helps him sell food. Together they have four children, ages 18, 13, 6 and 2.

Bacilo and his wife sell chuzos (fast food made from meats stacked on a skewer-- very common in Ecuador) and grilled chicken wings. His wife looks after the business side of things while he prepares the food. They work every day until 9:00 PM.

Bacilo’s food stand is near their home. He wants to use this loan to turn the front of his house into a food shop. He plans to buy cement and bricks. He plans to own a restaurant someday, where he can serve all the foods he has learned to prepare.

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