A loan of $875 helped to buy a new grill, a tent and a cooler.

María Teresa's story

María is a 33 year old mother of three. She lives in the parish of "Abrahan Calazacón" in Santo Domingo, a canton in the province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas. It is one of the most densely populated cantons in Ecuador. It is very popular because it has monuments throughout the city, including the Monument of the Indio Colorado, an area known as the “Colorado For in the Road”. Santo Domingo is a privileged canton with marvelous, hardworking and enterprising people who welcome tourists with open arms to show them what is wonderful about their culture and environment.

Despite only having a primary school education, she has been able to support her children and give them everything they need to live a modest life. Despite the lack of things they could have, they haven't lacked for love and dedication from their mother. She has worked for some years selling grilled meat. She cooks it on a medium sized grill outside. Her daily shift is four hours long. She learned this trade from some relatives.

Her grill needs to be fixed; it has holes on the sides. She also wants to buy a tent and a cooler. Since she doesn't have the necessary financial resources available, she has decided to ask for a loan, which wil allow her to make this investment so she can better attend to her customers and attract new ones.

She wants to increase her income and would one day like to have a more formal business and in the long term build her own home so she can ensure her children's future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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