A loan of $1,000 helped purchase a freezer.


Patricia Elizabeth's story

Patricia is 31 years old and lives in Orquídeas de Guayaquil (an urban area named after the many orchids that existed when the place was discovered). She has a restaurant where she serves traditional food.

Patricia’s mother was employed at a restaurant, so she brought her children with her to work since she did not anywhere to leave them. When Patricia became old enough, she started her own food stand. Over time she converted her business into a restaurant. Now she works every day from 5am to 2pm. Her sisters help in the kitchen while she has other employees who serve the food.

To continue her business, Patricia will use her loan to buy a freezer for keeping meats and frozen vegetables. In the future, she wants to buy a truck.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica



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