A loan of $1,575 helped to buy pots and food ingredients.

Isabel Consuelo's story

Isabel’s married and has adult children. She works selling prepared food. She started five years ago encouraged by her very family.

Isabel relates that it started one morning when as she prepared breakfast for her family they told her that she makes very delicious tortillas and should sell them. So one day she bought the necessary ingredients and started selling in her front yard thinking that if she did well she’d continue doing it.

Much to her surprise, she was well-received and with help from her family she bought a table and several utensils and started the business. She tends to it alone and it’s she who cooks the meals, collects payment and tends to customers. She sells tortillas, ‘muchines’ [cassava balls with a crunchy outside protecting a soft, savory filling], ‘corviches’ [fried green plantains filled with fish and peanuts] and lunches that can be accompanied by cola and home-made chili sauce.

Isabel will use the loan to buy a table, chairs and an umbrella that are needed to provide better service. Her dream is to open a restaurant in a locale because since she started selling food she’s been able to provide a better lifestyle for her family. Isabel will use the loan to buy pots, food items, etc.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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