A loan helped to buy pork, chicken, beef, lentils, beans, etc.


Maria Jose's story

Maria Jose is going through very hard times. Her husband passed away and she is expecting another baby; she is 7 months along in the pregnancy, and her other child is 3 years old. Now it falls to her to be both father and mother for her children, although her family supports her however they can.

They live in Portoviejo, a city affected by the earthquake on April 16, 2016 and now by the Covid-19 pandemic. The city is rich in the production of leafy greens, legumes, and tropical fruits for national consumption.

In order to cover the household expenses, Maria Jose works at home preparing and selling snacks door-to-door. She prepares them to order. Her customers request rice, lentil soup with grilled plantain, and beef, pork, or chicken. She works from 5pm to 11pm every day. She is the one who makes the home deliveries. Previously, she sold products by catalog.

At first, social distancing had her not working for fear of contagion, because various restrictions prevented her from going out to make sales, but currently she is tending to customers using biosecurity protocols.

This loan is to buy pork, chicken, beef, lentils, beans, etc. Her dream is to own her own house and that her family will be very healthy.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Maria Stanislawski.


This loan is special because:

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



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