A loan of $700 helped to buy flour, beans, cheese, soft drinks, juice, churros, eggs, candy, doughnuts, stuffed pastries, meat, chicken, bread, fresh cheese, sausages, chocolate milk, pastries, and cookies.

Gladys Xiomara's story

Gladis Xiomara, age 40, is the proprietor of the stall in the Manuel de Adalid y Gamero School. Classes are taught in two shifts, morning and evening. The center has an average of 750 students attending daily.

Gladis does not have competition in the school. Hers is the only snack bar in the school, and for security purposes the students are not allowed to leave to buy food outside of the school.

Gladis is married. She and her husband have three children who are dependent upon them. Her husband is a health technician, and he works for the Ministry of Public Health as a health advisor.

She will use the loan to buy food and soft drinks wholesale in order to get better prices and better income. To lower her costs she makes the flour tortillas for the baleadas [the basic baleada is a thick flour tortilla folded in half containing refried beans and grated queso duro (a hard salty white cheese), and mantequilla (a white sauce much like sour cream]. She also makes all of the meals. The only things that she buys are the doughnuts, packaged pastries, and soft drinks. She buys the ingredients and makes all of the other food.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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