A loan of $825 helps to buy beef, chicken, seafood, rice, plantains, disposable containers, pinchguas (fish), etc.


Maria Gabriela's story

Maria Gabriela and her family live in Rocafuerte. It is very well known in and out of the country for its traditional, handmade sweets prepared with recipes passed down from generation to generation, and for its rice farming. Maria Gabriela has a small food stall at her home where she prepares and a sells pinchagua (a small fish, 21 cm long and covered in spines). She sells it pickled or with lemon juice in disposable containers. On weekends and on holidays she sells grilled meat, seafood rice, and shrimp- traditional food from the area that people eagerly ask her for. This is a family business.

The public health crisis forced her to shut down her business and during that time, she made no sales. This loan is to buy beef, pork, chicken, seafood, rice, plantains, disposable containers, pinchaguas, etc. Her dream is to have her own restaurant and for her family to be in very good health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue.


This loan is special because:

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

Patrick Flynn, Kiva staff

Patrick Flynn
Kiva staff



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*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.

Loan details



Repayment schedule

*This loan is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and your support is needed more than ever. Repayments may be delayed or lower than expected.