A loan helped to buy ingredients to continue preparing her meals, and containers for home delivery.


Gladys Tendita's story

Gladys Tendita is separated and she has three children, all adults and independent. They live in the house of a sister who lends it them because their house was destroyed during the earthquake.

They live in Portoviejo which was affected by the earthquake on April 16 2016, and now with the covid-19 pandemic. The city is rich in the production of vegetables, legumes and tropical fruits for local consumption.

Gladys works preparing and selling breakfasts, lunches, snacks, empanadas and corviches [traditional dish with plantain and fish]. She serves and sells these outside her house where she set up a tent, tables and chairs. Here she serves her clients, prepares breakfasts and lunches in the house where her clients arrive, although it is small and does not provide many comforts.

She also makes deliveries to homes and institutions to employees who request it. On weekends she prepares specialties that are requested in advance, such as empanadas, humitas, and corn cakes.

The health crisis at the start was very bad since she could not sell, but now she is reactivating it little by little in order to continue generating an income.

With this new loan she will buy ingredients to continue preparing meals, and containers for home delivery.

Her dream is to have a home again and for her family to be healthy.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer E. Power.


This loan is special because:

It helps borrowers withstand negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.



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