A loan of $1,075 helped to buy ingredients such as oil, flour, various types of rice, sugar, beans, tomato sauce, salt, beef, pork, plantains, potatoes, tomatoes, sausage, other meats etc. to make a variety of foods.

Melania De Jesús's story

Doña Melania, lives in the department of Masaya. At 65 years of age, she still runs her own business. Although she is widowed, she has managed to work and help her children get ahead. Thanks to her hard work, she is satisfied that her children were able to become professionals. In their free time they also help their mother with her business making delicious home-cooked foods. Doña Melania works out of her home, where neighbors and passerby know she operates a small restaurant. Her busiest days are the weekends, when she has more customers in general, but also many regulars that patronize her business.

Doña Melania, who has always searched for a way to get ahead, is very content because she has successfully used her knowledge of cooking to make a living. She is requesting a loan from Ceprodel that will allow her to buy ingredients for the variety of foods she offers. She will buy rice, oil, sugar, tomato sauce, different cuts of meat, chicken, beans, condiments, and other necessities. She confidently hopes this loan will benefit her business so that she will be able to continue providing for her basic needs at home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Craven

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