A loan of $650 helped to buy products that she uses to make food and drinks.

Maria Bernarda's story

María Bernarda, age 47, lives in the Naco village. She is a single mother, and she has two daughters, ages 22 and 24. They contribute to the household finances. Her family is very united.

María Bernarda became a small businesswoman for financial reasons. She had to support her family and cover her daughters’ educational expenses. María Bernarda previously sold novelties, but her sales were very low. Seeing that there were no restaurants in Naco, she decided to establish her own restaurant.

The León Restaurant is now in its fifth year of serving the citizens of Naco. She started selling fruit cocktails, natural juices, milk shakes, and soft drinks at her house. The demand was growing, and María Bernarda took three loans in order to build the restaurant next to her house. She works every day with the goal of always tending to her customers well and serving them good food.

María Bernarda will use this loan to stock her restaurant with the purchase of products that she uses every day in making the food and the drinks. She wants her restaurant to continue being a success and to continue being the restaurant that the people of Naco prefer.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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