A loan of $1,000 helped tables and chairs.

Jacquelin Elizabeth's story

Jaquelin is 38 years old and has a breakfast stall. She is a single mother with two children, ages 10 and 8, and lives in Orquídeas “Pascuales” de Guayaquil (an urban zone called Orquídeas, which means orchids, because there were many orchid flowers growing there when the area was discovered).

She started her business by selling empanadas and “muchines” (a traditional bite-sized food) on the streets of Orquídeas. Little by little, after saving some money, she came up with the idea of opening a stall, since her house was located near the Pascuales marketplace. She set up some tables and chairs outside her home and began selling breakfast and bite sized food.

Her customer base has increased little by little, because the people in the marketplace arrive very early without having had breakfast. She works daily from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

She will use the money from this loan to buy tables and chairs and a commercial grade cooker so that she can prepare breakfast faster. In the future she would like to open a well-stocked eatery in the city center.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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