A loan of $800 helped to buy rice, oil and drinks.

Maria Carmen's story

María is 46 years old. Thirteen years ago she started her business selling meals. She was motivated by her husband since he loved the meals that she prepared at home. Through hard work, she established her business selling meals from a street kiosk and called it “El arbolito” (Little Tree). She works with her husband from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, preparing food and delivering it, from Monday to Friday. On weekends they work evenings.

She sells each lunch for $1.60. This includes soup, main meal and juice. On weekends she sells rice with mixed vegetables and meat, chicken, pork, at $2.00 a dish. She works with the help of an employee and her husband who delivers the meals while she makes them. She lives with her husband and two children in an urban area. The area is noted for the fact that most of its residents are informal salespeople.

María would like to use her loan to buy rice, oil, drinks and meat so that she can make more meals. In the future, she would like her children to successfully complete their studies and to expand the premises.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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