A loan of $1,100 helped to make improvements to her food business.

Rosa Irman's story

Rosa is a 45-year-old woman who is divorced and lives with her youngest child who is 21 years old. They live in San Miguel de los Bancos which is one of the nine cantons in the Province of Pichincha, located in the north-western zone of Ecuador. The entire geographical area of the canton has 52 populated areas throughout including communities, precincts and villages. Within the canton's territory one can find Bosque Protector Mindo Nambillo [Mindo Nambillo Protected Forest], an important natural resource. A large portion of the canton is made up of pastures as the principal business in the canton is animal husbandry. There is also a lot of palmetto cultivation as well as sugar cane, plantains, and naranjilla in small areas. In her free time, Rosa tries to spend time with her daughter and in household activities.

This hard working woman makes a living preparing meals for sale. She does not have a storefront to receive her customers, so she makes home deliveries. She is also contracted to serve at social events and on the weekends she puts up a small tent outside of her house to sell her food. She tells us that her work day begins at six in the morning in general and ends at four in the afternoon. When she has a lot of customers the work is very hard because the pots that she cooks the food in are very big and she often works alone. She would like to have a restaurant because she likes her work a lot. To start, she wants to invest in equipment that she is lacking to improve her business, which is why she will request her first loan.

Rosa is optimistic and little by little she will be closer to her dream of having a large and pretty restaurant where she can continue to cook for her customers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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