A loan of $975 helped to buy a fast food cart.

Mayra Jacinta's story

Mayra is a 28 year-old woman who has 2 children aged 5 and 11. They live together in the Santa Martha Cooperative in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas in Ecuador. Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas is a new province, that was previously a rural parish of Quito (the capital of the country). It lies between the coast and the mountains of Ecuador, a connecting point between Quito, Guayquil, Portoviejo and other important cities. It is situated on the outer edges of the western mountains and in the lower coastal plain at 1000 meters above sea level. This area has the highest rainfall in the country. There is a great abundance of water as there are 5 important river basins and micro basins here. It is a rainy, subtropical zone and the average temperature is 22 °C.

Mayra is the owner of a small fast food business. She has benefited from the improvement of the roads in this province, because now many people visit the area where she makes her sales. She sells hamburgers and french fries, and she is seeking a loan to expand her business so that she can have better earnings. Mayra wants to buy a fast food cart where she could prepare her food and also move around to get more sales.

Her small children help her during her working day, and together they want to make her dreams a reality; she dreams of having a big restaurant with a lot of branches. In this way her children will be able to count on getting an education and will have a better quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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