A loan of $1,000 helped to buy fish and onions.

Olga Cristina's story

Olga, 59, sells fish. She lives in Las Orquídeas, Guayaquil. She has two adult children that help her with the business.

She started out selling “encebollados” from a cart along Orquídeas’s streets. (The base of this seafood soup is called “sofrito” and is a pungent mix of tomatoes, onions, cumin, chili and cilantro. The protein element and foundation for the stock is tuna. The starch element is yuca a starchy root vegetable that requires time to cook down the coarse threads found within its stalk. The result is a delicious aromatic savory and spicy soup that is traditionally topped with pickled onions and tomatoes.)

Gradually, with much effort, she was able to rent a locale for her business. She is now open for business selling encebollados from 7am until 6pm every day.

She wants to use the loan to buy fish and onions to make more encebollados and in the future would like to have a second locale and to have permanent employees.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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