A loan of $1,975 helped to buy sugar, gas, beans, rice, salt, dishes and a blender.

Gloria's story

Gloria is a kind, hardworking woman who is always smiling. Gloria or, “La Chinita” (as she’s called), is 48-years-old, divorced and had three children with her ex-husband. Only one of her daughters who is still in high-school is dependent on Gloria.

She has a fast-food eatery. She’s been in business 8 years already. Gloria says, “My self-esteem was very poor due to my separation but my brother encouraged me to start a new business and we decided to do so. We thought about opening a beauty salon because I had studied hair styling but we needed to invest in beauty supplies and hair care tools and I didn’t have money then. My brother who now lives in Spain always mentioned that I was a very good cook and that’s how I decided to open a low-cost fast-food eatery. However, in order to start it I still had to borrow money to buy the things that were indispensable starting with the place where I now have my business. The place my business is in used to be part of my parents’ house which passed on to be my brother’s. I asked him to sell it to me and he accepted and that’s how I got my locale and started to remodel it into a low-cost eatery. I learned to cook because I was always stuck to my mother when she cooked and did other things, like driving, which is what I enjoy doing the most.”

Gloria relates that her only difficulty arises when prices shoot up and she’s unable to buy the necessary ingredients for her meals. This leads to losses in Gloria’s business and often she can’t raise the price of her food for her customers. But thanks to the loan she’s requesting she will be able to buy sacks of rice, beans, sugar and salt, among other ingredients and she’ll also be able to buy new dishes and a blender because the ones she currently has are very old.

When Gloria was asked what her goal was, she commented: “I’d love to make my eatery larger because it’s very small and sometimes diners don’t fit in the tables and they have to wait for me to be able to take care of them. I’d also like my daughter to finish her career and become a great teacher; I’m going to support her as far as I can.”

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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