A loan of $1,000 helped to buy more tables, chairs and utensils for her restaurant.

Felicita Mariana's story

Felicita is 29 years old and operates a small restaurant from home. She lives with her husband and children in Duran, on the outskirts of Guayaquil, an area characterized by its deteriorating ecosystem.

There are many factories and businesses where she lives, and until she started her business, there were no places for those businesses' employees to eat. Her activity started when a worker from one of the nearby factories asked her if she would be willing to cook lunch for a few of them. Soon more and more people started expressing interest in eating at her place, so she began putting more tables and chairs around the house to accommodate them. She counts with the help of two people to run the restaurant. Shopping for groceries, preparing the lunches, etc keep them all very busy. She sells each lunch plate for $1.60.

She will be using her loan to buy more tables, chairs and utensils. She hopes to be able to move her restaurant to a place with a bigger kitchen, in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Aline Pereira

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