A loan of $1,125 helped to renovate her kitchen to comply with health authorities' requirements.

Cruz Elena's story

Cruz Elena has worked most of her life in the food business. She used to work in a restaurant but gradually became independent and began selling her own food to customers. Cruz Elena is married and has two children for whom she has always wanted to provide the best she could. Since her husband's salary is not enough to cover household expenses, Cruz Elena decided to set up her own business making blood pudding, tamales, chicken pies and other products which she sells to family, friends and neighbors. She is able to generate enough income to contribute to household maintenance.

Currently Cruz Elena must make improvements in her kitchen since the health authorities made suggestions as to what she should do to upgrade her work site. Since she sells her goods on a credit basis, and customers often get behind in their payments, Cruz Elena does not have much capital right now. Therefore she is hopeful a loan will give her the opportunity to renovate her kitchen and be able to comply with the health authorities' requirements.

Cruz Elena hopes to increase sales because in the current conditions some markets are not open to her. Once she has renovated her kitchen she can sell her products to more customers. Cruz Elena's dream is to see her business grow significantly and that her children can enjoy a a stable economy in the future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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