A loan helped to buy soda, water, beer, snacks, plantains, cheese, cooking oil, rice, etc.


Glenda Rafaela's story

Glenda Rafaela and her family live in the Colon parish in the Portoviejo canton. The people there work in agriculture and with food, which is varied and very popular. Dishes include chicken soup, chicken stew and the unequaled plantains roasted in a clay oven.

In her parents' house, Glenda Rafaela has a little grocery store where she sells soda, water, processed juice, yogurt, milk, vegetables, miscellaneous items and office supplies, among other things. She takes advantage of the fact that her father has an athletic field on the property and a lot of people come there to play sports. She also makes and sells cheese stuffed plantain empanadas stuffed with cheese, corviches, cheese fingers, and yucca cakes. Generally, she sells these more on Saturdays and Sundays. In her family, everyone got sick from COVID-19, but they have all recovered. At first, the social isolation left her with no work because of fear of contagion and various restrictions that stopped her from going out to sell, but she is now following bio-safety protocols.

This loan is to buy soda, water, beer, snacks, plantains, cheese, cooking oil, rice, etc. Her dream is to have a bigger store and for her family to be very healthy.

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.



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