A loan of $1,125 helped to buy cooking utensils for preparing food.

Martha Lucia's story

Martha has spent a large part of her life preparing food. This business has allowed her to provide for her children who are now adults and have their own families. Martha works in her food business together with her husband and a daughter. They distribute their meals in the streets of their town. Martha has had to face a lot of difficulties in her life but her desire to make progress has enabled her to overcome them. One of the difficulties she experienced was having to leave her home town for reasons of violence. She had to start from scratch with her business and for a while, owing to low sales, she suffered a lot of trauma. Martha currently has a strong business as she has regular customers who are loyal to her products. However, her business has gradually grown and she doesn't have the cooking utensils she needs to satisfy her demand. For this reason, she is looking to take out a loan which will allow her to buy cooking utensils with which to prepare her food. She needs to make this purchase in order to fill all of her customers' orders.

Martha hopes that, in this way, her business will continue growing and that she will return to experiencing the kind of sales levels she had in her home town. She also dreams of once again having a large restaurant which will create work for many people who find themselves in the same situation as her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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