A loan of $300 helped purchase raw materials to prepare and sell food.

Pedrina De Los Santo's story

Pedrina is a 25-year-old mother of three sons, aged of 6, 5 and 2. The two eldest attend school. She sells sandwiches, fried salami, hamburgers, spicy sausage and milk shakes and natural juice. She started her business six months ago with funds she obtained from FSMA. She repaid the loan successfully. With that first loan, she bought all the kitchen utensils and some raw materials to prepare the food.

She says that her family’s living condition had changed dramatically since she opened that business. Not only can she now prepare breakfast for her children before they go to school, but she also gives them money for the lunch at school. This September, her sons began the new school year with brand-new shoes and uniforms.

Pedrina hopes her business can keep on growing so that she can continue providing a good education for her children. She has requested a second loan to buy raw materials for the business since she is short of some goods. Given this loan, the entrepreneur will be in a position to satisfy her customers and work for the sake of her family.

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