A loan of $800 helped to buy ingredients and building materials.


Luscinda's story

Luscinda, 63, is married and has four children but they’ve all formed their own families. She’s been making enchiladas, fried plantain and fried manioc for more than 30 years. The most popular item she sells are the famous “pasteles de chucho” as they are called. They are made stuffed with potatoes, green beans and rice. She sells these products in one of the city’s markets from 2pm until 6pm and she also sells coffee and chocolate. She learned this activity from family since they were in the same business. In this way, Luscinda was able to provide her children with an education. She buys the ingredients she needs to prepare her food like cabbage, corn, manioc, green plantain, oil and others, in the city’s central market located half a kilometer from where she lives. The loan she’s requesting is to buy 4 cabbages, 2 quintals of corn, 3 baskets of manioc, 100 green plantains, 5 gallons of oil, among others. She will also buy 300 roofing tiles, 15 sheets of metal and 10 wood beams to replace the roof on her house that’s damaged and she’s afraid that with the approaching rainy season it will become even more damaged. In this way her sales will increase and she will earn higher profits in order to attain economic solvency, pay her household expenses and help her granddaughter’s with their schooling. Luscinda is thinking about adding another bedroom to her house because she has two granddaughters attending a public school and they live very far so she’d like to give them a place to stay during the rainy season.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz



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