A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase shelving for storing cheese and milk.

Gloria Esperanza's story

Gloria processes and sells dairy products. She is a single mother who lives with her 19-year-old son. Gloria learned this trade from her mother, who taught her how to make curds, cheese, cream, and cottage cheese. She buys the milk and then prepares the enzymes that aid in the processing. Gloria sells her products in the morning to her neighbors who live nearby. She also prepares bread and tamales and sells these products as a street vendor. Gloria has been in business for five years.

She needs a loan to buy some shelves for storing her cheese during the summer and the milk needed for making more products. This loan will help her set aside an adequate place for storing cheeses. One of the risks that she must manage is maintaining a sanitary space. Otherwise, dirty conditions could contaminate the cheese.

Gloria has customers who buy her products, which is advantageous. She dreams of increasing her production so that she can support her son, who has a physical disability and requires constant care.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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