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

Maria Alexandra's story

María is 34 years old. She lives in the “Orquídeas de Guayaquil” (Orchids of Guayaquil). It is an urban area that got its name because of the many orchid flowers that were there when the area was discovered. She sells food to people in the center where she lives.

She has always liked to cook. As a single mother she had to have her own way of earning a living. She started making lunches and selling them to the people she knows. Little by little her customer base was growing. Now she has a small dining room where she sells very economical lunches for $1.50. She makes all types of dishes starting at 8:00 a.m., when she buys the supplies, and then returns to start preparing the lunches.

She wants to use the loan to buy construction material like cement, paint, and blocks to improve her business. She makes the food in the kitchen in her house. In the future she wants to adapt her house and have a beauty parlor.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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