A loan of $600 helped to buy potatoes, onion, oil, mayonnaise, sausages and a gas cylinder.


Maria Elena's story

María Elena is 20 years old. She lives in a common-law marriage and has a daughter. She lives with her parents-in-law and her daughter in the city of Ventanas, Los Ríos province. She is a member of the communal bank 16 de Agosto. located in Recinto de Agua de Mocache, which belongs to the Mocache canton. They perform farming and stockbreeding activities. María Elena raises livestock, and she also sells salchipapa [a mix of sausages and fries]. She is requesting the loan to buy potatoes, onion, oil, mayonnaise, sausages and a gas cylinder. With the loan's help she will be able to buy the things she lacks in order to better serve her customers in her salchipapa stall. She will buy the supplies in the city of Ventanas. Her dream is to buy a house. The challenge she faces is competition. During her free time, she likes to watch television, play sports and take care of the household chores.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand



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