A loan of $1,375 helped to buy rice, meats, condiments, oil, vegetables, pots, and utensils.


Marlene's story

Marlene, age 64, is a good-natured and kind woman. She is married to Jorge and they have six children who are grown and independent. Marlene lives in her own home with five of her children, but most of her attention is focused on her youngest daughter (age 15) since the others earn their own income.

Marlene’s work consists of selling food. She has tables and chairs set up along the pavement in front of her house. Marlene offers a wide variety of regional dishes such as “cecina con tacacho” (plantain fritters with pork), “juanes” (chicken and rice steamed in banana leaves), smoked fish, chorizo sausage, and other items. She has been in business for two years and works with the support of her children, who help out when necessary so that everything is always running well. Marlene enjoys her work because she likes being in contact with other people. She also finds the work relaxing, but most of all it gives her a way to generate household income so that she can provide whatever her youngest daughter needs. Sometimes Marlene will make home deliveries, but her customers are always requesting her delicious dishes. She is doing well and hopes to open a restaurant later on since she has high expectations for her business.

Marlene is requesting a loan of 3,500 PEN so that she can buy ingredients and supplies such as rice, meats, condiments, oil, and vegetables in order to continue preparing her delicious dishes. In addition, she will buy pots and other utensils since her existing ones need to be replaced.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica


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