A loan of $700 helped to buy kebab carts which will help her to serve clients faster thereby expanding both business and income.

Maria's story

Maria is 42 years old. She lives in the city of Pucallpa, a city in the Peruvian jungle. It is an admirable city and above all the beautiful scenery is loved by year-round tourists.

Maria is the mother of three children, and she and her husband struggle together to give them a better life, and above all, to be good people. When Maria has free time she likes to eat one of her favorite dishes, which is the tasty “Tacu-Tacu con huevo frito” [leftover rice mixed with a bean purée and then fried, with a fried egg served on top]. Maria says that she would have liked to study gastronomy but because of financial reasons was only able to study through the fifth year of secondary school.

Maria works every day in her small business of selling kebabs. She works around eight hours a day. She gets up very early in order to be able to prepare her dishes. She believes that her business is going well because of the tasty food and above all because she attends to her clients with a friendly attitude.

Maria is very grateful for the Kiva loans because thanks to the help they provide her she can buy two kebab carts, as her customer base has grown and having only one cart slows her down while preparing her dishes. This will allow her to serve her clients better and thus she can improve her income, so she can continue fighting to reach her greatest dream: to give her children a good education, to have her own premises and to build a house with good materials.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Gail LeGrand

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