A loan of $1,000 helped kitchen, tables.

Jose Dolores's story

José is 46 years old and lives in Paraíso de Guayaquil - an area now on the outskirts of the city, whose natural ecology is fast disappearing. 14 years ago, he bought a plot of land to build his house and set up his catering business.

After he bought the land, a table and a little kitchen, he began selling “caldo de salchicha” (an Ecuadorean speciality made with beef and plantains). Little by little and with a lot of work, he was able to build up the business, which now also sells "fritada" (a dish made with pork and corn). He works every day from 5.30am till nightfall.

With this loan, José wants to buy a better kitchen and tables for his business. In the future he wants to improve his fast food business further.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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