A loan of $1,000 helped for cement, cinder blocks, paint.

Laura Gladys's story

Laura, 42, sells prepared lunches daily. She lives in an urban zone with her husband and four children who are 23, 18, 16 and 6 years of age.

She started selling lunches three years ago because she already had some experience preparing meals. She started making typical regional dishes.
Because of lack of resources, she cooks at home and then goes out to sell the meals. She has two assistants that help distribute the meals. She prepares ‘caldo de bola,’ ‘caldo de verde,’ (consists of dumplings or balls made from green plantains and stuffed with meat and vegetables served in a beef broth with corn and yuca. The meat for the dumpling filling is boiled with some beef bones, the green plantains and other vegetables in the broth that will be used for the soup), ‘guatita’ (rice with beef tripe stew).

She’d like to have a small locale to open a small eatery and the loan will be used to refurbish the front part of her house with cement, cinder blocks and paint. In the future she’d like to have a well-known restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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