A loan of $1,075 helped to buy fish, tables, and chairs.

Manuel De Jesus's story

Manuel, age 23, lives in the city of Portoviejo, and he sells “encebollado”. He lives with his family in his parents’ house because he has not had enough income to buy his own. His wife, Kety, is a housewife, and she takes care of the children. Mateo is four years old, and he goes to pre-school, and 13 year old Melani is in high school.

Manuel started his business when he was left without work. The company where he worked had a reduction in personnel. He looked for another way to get income because his family depends upon him. He has this business, and so far it is going very well for him. He has had the business for three years and three months, and he takes care of it by himself. He gets up at two in the morning to prepare, with his wife, the dish.

The “encebollado” is a typical Ecuadorian dish. To prepare it you use cooked, chopped fish, white onions, herbs, chilies, and liquefied tomato. When the yucca is ready you need to take it and start cooking the dressed fish. Brown the red onion with the limes. Place the yucca cut in little squares on the serving dish. Then add the cooked fish cut in strips, hot spices, olive oil, and the fish stock. Stir it all together. Serve hot with corn nuts, fried banana chips, and lime slices. The dish costs between $1.25 and $1.50 with a soft drink.

The loan he is requesting is to buy tables, chairs, and ingredients for the encebollados. In the future Manuel wishes to have his own place to be able to generate better income for his family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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