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A loan of $1,375 helped make improvements to section off a restaurant in her home and to acquire some tables and chairs.

Maria Patricia's story

Maria is married and has two children, ages 12 and 13. Thanks to having more than 25 years of experience in preparing foods, one day she decided to start her own business to have better financial opportunities. She worked for nine years as a chef at a restaurant, and approximately four years ago she started selling food out of her home, and little by little it grew. Currently she offers her customers breakfasts, lunches and many other meals. Of course, she doesn't have the space to set up a restaurant and fit in some chairs and tables. It's for this reason that Maria is requesting a loan in order to make improvements to section off a restaurant in her home and acquire some tables and chairs to start up the business. In this way Maria will be able to fulfill her dream of having her own business and improve the household finances, as well as being able to offer her children access to higher quality education and better economic opportunities.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marty Greenstein

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