A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase bulk merchandise and ingredients, including rice, plantains, sodas and juices.

Celsa Gregoria's story

Celsa, 47, is very ambitious in her work. When she was very young she started working in private houses. After a while she worked in a home-based diner until she was of age. Then she started her own business, preparing and selling meals and fried green plantain dumplings to her customers throughout her area. Right now she is studying to finish her primary education, and she plans to go on to finish her high school diploma so that she can do other kinds of work.

She starts work at 5:00 am, preparing the dough, then at 7:00 am she leaves to deliver her orders, returning to her home at 11:00 am to make the lunches. With the help of this loan she wants to increase her business income by buying bulk merchandise and ingredients for her dumplings and lunches, including large quantities of rice, branches of green plantains, and cases of soda. Her dream is to modify her house and rent part of it to have another source of income, and to continue increasing her customer base.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Laura Melbourne

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