A loan of $850 helped to purchase supplies for her street food business.

Leonarda's story

Sra. Leonarda is 53 years old and only has a high school education. She is married and has a 21-year-old son named Angel who is studying at the Technological Institute of Tierra Blanca Veracruz. Leonarda lives in the community of Tetela in the State of Oaxaca. This region is known for growing sugar cane and is located 15 minutes away from the Don Pablo Machado sugar mill.

Doña Leonarda says that she decided to start working a little more than eight years ago. She wanted her own business so that she could help her husband with the household expenses. Leonarda has a stand in the central area of her community where she sells Mexican street food such as empanadas, tostadas, tacos, gorditas, “garnachas” (tortillas topped with shredded meat, cheese, and cabbage), and stuffed chili peppers. She sells her food on the weekends, specifically Saturdays and Sundays. Her food is sold at night when families leave to have dinner at her establishment.

She needs this loan to invest in the purchase of corn, oil, chili peppers, tortillas, meat, beans cheese, cream, cabbage, gas, mole sauce, plantains, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and garlic for preparing Mexican street food that she will sell.

Doña Leonarda hopes that this loan will help her business prosper because she wants to provide her son with a better quality of life and to continue supporting him as he finishes his studies. In addition, she wants to expand her business by adding a few tables and chairs so that she can provide better service to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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