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

Maria Paulina's story

María, who is 50 years old, has a small seafood eatery. She lives on a small street called "Playas" ["Beaches"], one of the tourist places in Ecuador with a diverse selection of seafood.

She began 30 years ago with a small wooden stand on the main street of the beach. But 10 years ago, after her husband died, to be able to improve economically and give her children a better life, she began her business in her home. She works on the weekends making the most of the tourists that arrive to buy the typical food of the Ecuadorian coast. The minimum cost of the dishes is from $3.00 to $7.00. She sells "cebiches" (a typical seafood dish), fried fish, breaded shrimp, etc.

With the loan, she wants to buy tables and chairs to be able to enlarge her business and so that her customers can be comfortable. In the future she wants to improve her business and quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Danielle Dupre

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