A loan of $1,150 helped to buy a freezer.

Alicia Teresa's story

Alicia is 41 years old and lives with her 14 year old son who she loves very much and for whom she gives her life in order to give him a dignified and above all caring existence. Alicia has helped her son move forward on her own since her husband abandoned her and she became mother and father to their child. When she has free time she likes very much to go walking with her son and above all she likes to share with him one of his favorite dishes which is the tasty "Aguadito de Pato" or Duck Stew. Due to her limited economic means Alicia only completed Middle School, but she would have liked very much to be a fashion designer.

Day to day Alicia works in her business selling pork. She works around 10 hours per day and can serve up to 30 customers daily. She believes that her business is successful because she is very nice to her customers and she always gives them the exact weight. For that reason customers always buy from her.

Alicia is very thankful for the Kiva lenders since thanks to the help they have given she will be able to buy a freezer in order to keep her products in better condition and to offer better service to her customers. Thus, she can improve her income and in that way she will be able to continue working and struggling each day in order to make her greatest dream a reality: "To have her own home."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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