A loan of $575 helped to purchase kitchen utensils and soft drinks for her food stand.

Pierina Massiel's story

Pierina is 27 years old, and is a single mother. The father of her young son abandoned them, and Pierina has become both mother and father to her son. She works very hard to provide for her son and make him happy despite their humble conditions. Pierina and her son live in the city of Camana, which is an area known for its agriculture, especially for the farming of rice, beans, corn and other crops. Camana is also known for its food and rich, traditional dishes, one of the most famous being the “chupe de Camarones” (shrimp sucker). Pierina did not have the resources necessary to get a secondary education, but she would have liked to pursue a career at a university.

Pierina works very hard and operates a small food stand where she sells roasted chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and other dishes. She works about 10 hour each day, and can attend up to 20 customers in a day. She believes that business is going well because she is very kind to all her customers, and prepares delicious food.

Pierina is grateful to Kiva lenders for their support, and hopes to use the resources from this loan to purchase soft drinks for sale at her food stand, as well as pans, spatulas, trays and other utensils that will help make her business run smoothly and improve the quality of her services. She hopes this investment will help her to generate more income and achieve her dream of giving her son a good education and buying a motorized cart to help expand her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gillian Goodrich

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