A loan of $1,075 helped to buy rice, and tables and chairs for her restaurant.

Zoila Luz Marina's story

Zoila is a 53 year old women who lives in Isla Trinitaria, an area adjoining Guayaquil. She has her own little restaurant there. She began this business eight years ago because she has always loved to cook.

With the help of her daughter-in-law, she begins cooking at 8:00AM onwards until nighttime, selling lunches and snacks.

She has always had problems with her vision. Although they have operated on her eyes, she continues to have poor sight.

She is married to a construction worker. Together they have four children who are 32, 28, 26, and 22 years old. None of them have worked in Zoila’s stand.

She will use the money from the loan to make improvements to her facility and thus offer better service to her customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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