A loan of $1,050 helped to buy pots, dishes, rice and chicken.

Maria Elizabeth's story

María, 36, lives in Libertad in a rented house because she’s not had the money to buy one. She’s been selling prepared food for 7 years in a restaurant she rents in the city market. She started the business when she moved to Libertad since her place of birth is Chimborazo where she also did the same kind of work. At the beginning it was a bit difficult for her because she didn’t know many people and change is always difficult but thanks to God she currently is very popular due to her delicious cooking.

Today, María has a well-situated restaurant, an excellent clientele and several employees that help her in the business. Her work schedule is Monday through Sunday and weekends are the busiest due to tourism. She comments that she has this pace of life because she’s single and her daughter lives in Riobamba with her father and thanks to this she dedicates all her time to her work since she is totally dependent on it.

This is María’s first loan request and she plans to use it to buy pots because hers are deteriorated, glasses, dishes, rice by the quintal, chicken and meat and to have money for the daily purchase of products she uses to prepare the food. In the future, she’d like to own a house and not pay rent any longer and to be able to earn higher profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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