A loan of $675 helped to purchase of a sack of rice and a sack of sugar.

Marina's story

Marina is a 46-year-old admirable woman. She raised 3 children on her own, and currently lives with two of then, Jesús and Carmen, in the house in which she was able to buy 14 years ago as a product of her work. She started working since she was very young, to provide for her children. It was then when she started to build her own path. Her main talent is cooking, thus she decided to take advantage of this and opened up a restaurant.

She slowly started getting together what she needed to start her business. At the beginning it was very hard, but now she has an industrial kitchen in a fully equipped premise. This was a product of her effort and dedication. She has a lot of customers, since the zone in which her restaurant is located is a commercial area with a lot of activity. This is true specially on the weekends, as there is a fair which takes place. She wants to improve the dishes that she offers in order to get more clients and profits.

She is part of the communal bank “IDME”, and from which she has been able to get 26 loans throughout the years to improve her business by managing the money in a wise way. She promises to keep paying her dues. Marina is glad to be able part of this organization, where the members are solidary, “like a family”, she affirms.

Marina will invest the money in the purchase of a sack of rice and a sack of sugar, to be used to prepare her food.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Juan Felipe Diaz Gutierrez

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