A loan of $1,075 helped to buy rice and vegetables.

Maria Emilia's story

Twenty eight year old Maria runs her own restaurant in Orquídeas, in northern Guayaquil. Her husband, Manuel, is a taxi driver who offers a private, on-call service in the local area; they have 2 children together who are at public school. Maria started the business because her husband's work did not cover the family expenses, so she decided to hire a unit on a large plot of land. It has been a year since then and she has many regular customers. At the moment, she doesn't have any help so she does all the preparation and serving herself. She opens for a half day from 7:30am for breakfasts until 3:00pm for lunches. She will use this loan to buy produce for preparing meals. Maria hopes to continue with her business so that she will be able to hire 2 people to help her with serving the customers, and then she will be able to divide her time better in order to spend some of it with her children.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caroline Reiss

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