A loan of $775 helped to buy ingredients to prepare her Mexican fast food items.

Maria Isabel's story

Isabel, 50, only completed elementary school. She’s a single mother of two children but she currently lives only with two of her grandchildren, a 16-year-old who is in secondary school and a 3-year-old who is in preschool.

She relates that she’s always enjoyed working and that she’s had a small snack bar for over 30 years at home where she sells soft-drinks, tamarind pulp and macaroons. She also tells us that on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) she sells chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers), tamales and turnovers door to door among her friends and neighbors in the community.

She needs this loan to buy soft-drinks, coconut, sugar, tamarind, milk, powdered chili, corn, meat, chilies, tomatoes, onions, eggs, flour and oil to continue with the business. She tells us that she hopes that this investment will allow her to stay in business and that she’d like to use her profits to buy plastic ware (drinking glasses, plates, spoons, trays, cups and Tupperware) to sell and help her business to grow that way. Isabel is very happy about the loan she’s gotten and thanks the foundation for the trust it’s placed in her by granting it.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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