A loan of $525 helped to buy raw materials for her meal preparation.

Ernestina's story

Ernestina, 57, is married. She’s a very enterprising woman. She started a business selling food twenty years ago. She sells a variety of dishes: chilies stuffed with meat and cheese, grilled meat, rolled tacos, enchiladas and others but the pleasure didn’t last long because she got sick and spent a lot of money on hospitals and the business had to shut down indefinitely. She was confined to a wheel chair for two years and then in therapy. Gradually and without even realizing it she started to walk again and decided to start up the business again; she does not like to have to depend on anyone economically because she’s a woman who enjoys business.

Today she sells gorditas [grilled stuffed corn dumplings] stuffed with a variety of items, pozole, chiles rellenos, menudo and whatever else she’s asked to make and sell. She’s asking for support to buy merchandise to continue with her dream of someday having a small restaurant again.

The food she makes she prepares herself because she doesn’t like anyone else helping her because she says that her special touch is lost that way. Since she has her customer base sometimes she falls short of filling all her orders. She wants to buy more flour, ingredients, meat, eggs and others to prepare her dishes.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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