A loan of $1,025 helped to buy bananas and oil.

Iliana Doris's story

Iliana is 26 years old and she lives in Playas with her family. Her husband David works with her producing and selling plantain chips. She has 3 children who are studying at a public school.

Iliana started up her business making fried snacks in small quantities which she sold by walking through the streets with a basket where she carried the product. This method of selling wasn't very profitable for her as she had to cover many districts and sometimes she didn't even sell half of her product. After a while, she thought of offering her product to the food stalls selling 'encebollado', as they have a higher demand because they stay open all night. With a big smile, she tells us that it was the best idea she's ever had. She currently has 3 tricycles selling plantain chips, two located outside schools and the other on the seafront. She has been in this business for seven years and it is going very well for her, so much so that her husband is one of the sales managers. Her day begins at 7am and ends at 11pm. Until now, they haven't had any problems and they hope to continue in this way.

With the loan she is requesting, she will buy ingredients and utensils necessary to make her product. Her greatest dream, which she considers to be within her reach, is to buy a machine to make the product and to form a small business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Staniforth

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