A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase ingredients and to repair her cart.

Silvia Janet's story

Silvia is a very hard-working woman who lives in the city of Camaná. This city is characterized by agriculture, and especially rice farming, as well as for its beautiful beaches and the generosity of its people. Silvia is a very strong woman. She is the mother of two lovely sons aged 14 and 18. Peruvian food is very tasty, and one of the dishes she really likes is the delicious steamed fish. Silvia also tells us is that one of her pastimes is going for walks along the river in Camaná, and in this way providing herself with some distraction.

With much effort, Silvia has been able to start up her business selling food, especially broths, soups and salchipapa (a typical dish of sliced hot dogs and fries). She works about 6 hours a day. She very much enjoys cooking, and believes that things are going well for her with her business because when she prepares her dishes, she does it with great pleasure which means they turn out very tasty and her customers are satisfied.

Silvia is very grateful for the Kiva lenders as with the help that they are providing her she will be able to purchase ingredients for preparing her dishes and be able to repair her salchipapa cart. This will allow her to increase her earnings and so continue to work towards accomplishing her grand dream: "Provide her children with a profession so that they can do better than her".

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Arabella Pollack

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