A loan of $1,000 helped peanuts, rice, and fish.


Lilia Maria Filomena's story

Maria, age 55, lives in an urban zone called Guasmo. She has a stand where she sells “bollos” (dishes that are typical on the beaches of Ecuador, they are made from bananas, fish, and peanuts wrapped in tree leaves). She has always liked making bollos because she learned how to cook them when she was little. She started making them in her house, and she would deliver them to her acquaintances and neighbors in order to get good earnings. Little by little, and with effort, her business has become known. She now delivers a greater amount. She works making the bollos from three in the morning until twelve in the afternoon. She sells each bollo for $1.00, and she makes 100 bollos a day. She wants to use the loan to buy peanuts, rice, and fish in order to make a greater volume of bollos. In the future she wants to get new contracts with companies in order to sell the bollos and other food.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish



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