A loan of $5,075 helped a member to buy ingredients and charcoal at wholesale.

Futuro Para El Bien Group's story

Teresa is 57, and a widow. She has six children, so she works hard. She sells fast food. She began selling anticuchos (beef heart marinated, skewered, and seared over the grill), at the door of her house, after a friend sold her a food cart. In this way, her business gradually grew, allowing her to offer her customers variety, such as salchipapas (fried sausage and potato), fried chicken, anticuchos and hamburgers.

Her diners are mostly workers in the area, especially fare collectors and drivers that work for a bus company. For Teresa, her work is essential, because it is how she supports her household. That is why she wants to keep moving forward.

Her greatest wish is to expand her business. To do that, she wants to use part of her house where she can have a suitable area with chairs and tables, so that she can serve conveniently.

She will use her current loan to buy the ingredients and supplies she uses, such as cooking oil, spices, and especially charcoal bought at wholesale. Teresa is currently president of the “Futuro para el Bien" group, who are mostly neighbors from the same place.

Teresa is the fourth person from the right, wearing a blue vest.

In this group: Teresa Jesus, Lucia, Onorina, Santa Justina, Marcia Edith, Gregoria, Eugenia, Elizabeth Maria

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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