A loan of $1,025 helped to purchase merchandise for her canteen.

Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth lives with her family. She is 56 years old and she has a canteen business located in the same city.

She has been in business more than 10 years and at the beginning of the school year she always requests a loan to supply her business with products, including soft drinks, cookies, and ingredients to prepare foods.

Her hours of operation are from 7am to 8pm, also catering to night school. On Saturdays she works from 8am to 3pm because the school is open to distance education students.

Her family is the main support of the business. Her daughters work with her and generate an income of their own to support their children (grandchildren to Elizabeth) and the trust she imparts on them to run the business makes it run smoothly.

Her main clients are the primary school students, and the teachers and administrative staff. They delight in the delicious foods she prepares and they can also enjoy a sweet for dessert. The income generated by this business is steady which is why making loan payments is viable. This is the second Kiva loan accessed by her through Fundacion Mujer (Kiva Field Partner) and she demonstrated excellent conduct with her payments, repaid on the established time frame.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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