A loan of $1,150 helped to buy tables, chairs and merchandise, such as sodas and mineral water.

Ana Luisa's story

Ana, 32, lives with her husband and their three children in the city of Ica She is a hard-working, enthusiastic woman. Ana has worked ever since she was very young, because of her great desire for success. Unfortunately, due to a lack of economic resources, she was unable to study even though that is what she wanted to do. In her free time she enjoys playing with the children, and sometimes she makes them the delicious "rice with duck" that the family loves.

Thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit and support from her husband, Ana set up a small "cevichería" food business, selling ceviche (fish) and chilcano (fish broth). She gets up early in the morning to get everything prepared and ready to attend to her customers. She spends about seven hours a day at work, and attends to an average 50 customers a day. She believes her business is successful because she is well-known and recommended by her customers because of her tasty cuisine and kindness. On weekends she works as a caregiver at a nearby children's day-care center.

Ana is very grateful to the Kiva lenders, because thanks to their support she is able to buy tables, chairs and merchandise such as sodas and mineral water. This will mean her business will be better prepared and stocked. Ana hopes to be able to attract more customers so she can increase her income and save enough money over time to expand her small business into a good restaurant.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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