A loan of $900 helped to buy potatoes and cement.

Elena Cecilia's story

Elena sells fast food to support her children. She lives in a cement house in a peri-urban area on the outskirts of Guayaquil called Duran which is characterized by its deteriorating ecosystem.

Little by little with some savings which she had, Elena bought supplies for selling fast food so that she could support her children. Now she has a little food stall where she works every day with the help of her children. She sells hot dogs, 'salchipapas' (a fast food made from thinly-sliced, pan-fried sausage or hot dog, french fries and condiments), 'papipollos' (a similar fast food but with chicken) and hamburgers. She would like to continue with her business and for that reason she would like to use her loan to buy potatoes and provisions but she would also like to fix her house, using part of the loan to buy cement.

In the future, she would like to finish building her house so that her children feel comfortable living there.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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