A loan of $1,075 helped to buy sand, cement, and stones.

Manuela Pastora's story

Manuela has a small warehouse in her home in Quevedo, where she sells bananas. This business is profitable for her because she has a large courtyard where she sows her produce. She has had this business for several years, but she has only recently started producing and selling banana pies. The preparation is not complicated, but it requires some physical strength. In order to make the pies, one cooks the banana in a large pot with water. Once the banana softens, it is mashed it with a rolling pin until it results in a compact, malleable mass. Then, it is stretched out on a flat surface and shaped into a circle of varying size. This is then filled with chicken, meat, or cheese, depending on preference. Before serving, it is fried in oil. Because the process is a bit long, Manuela's husband helps her with the gathering and the sales. They start at 5:00 am and work until 4:00 pm or when they run out of food. The business is successful, and so she hopes to hopes to obtain this loan. She will use it to buy sand, cement, and stones because she wants to fix up her home and improve her quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Christine Cooper

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