A loan of $1,575 helped to purchase bananas, cheese and tools for making empanadas.

Norma Esperanza's story

Norma lives in the city of Manta in the province of Manabí. She is married and has a child who has reached the age of majority but still studies at a public high school near her home. Her husband is a driver for a taxi cooperative. Norma, with the desire to improve herself and make a contribution to her household, made the decision to sell banana empanadas. Norma gets up at 6 in the morning to purchase bananas and in the afternoons she sells them throughout the neighborhood.

With the loan she wants to buy bananas, cheese and tools for making the empanadas. Her goal is to have her own shop where she can sell all kinds of snack foods as well as distribute them to the high schools and elementary schools.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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