A loan of $1,075 helped to buy rice and oil and to fix up her shop.

Shirley Martiza's story

Shirley is 46 years old, single, and does not have any children. 10 years ago, when she was having difficulties finding a stable job, Shirley made the decision to start her own business. As she is a very good cook, she opened an eatery in her home from which she sells food. She works from Monday through Friday, from 6am to 9pm.

With this loan, Shirley will buy rice and oil and will also fix up the eating area. Her future goal is to buy a truck that she can use to deliver her food to further away places, and she also wants her dining area to become a full restaurant that is recognized for selling typical Ecuadorian foods.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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