A loan of $1,500 helped to buy ingredients.

Luscinda's story

Luscinda is 63 years old, married and has four children, but they are all adults with families of their own. She has been making enchiladas and plantain and yucca tostadas for more than 30 years. The most popular items she sells are her famous chucho cakes. They are stuffed with potatoes, green beans, and rice. She sells these in a city market from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. She also sells coffee and chocolate and learned all of this from her family who does the same thing. Luscinda has provided an education for her children. She buys her supplies, cabbage, corn, yucca, green bananas, and cooking oil, in the city central market half a kilometer from her home.

She will use the money from this loan to buy four cabbages, two bushels of corn, three baskets of yucca, 100 green bananas, five gallons of oil, and other things. Now that she has her Kiva loan, she has been repaying it and is 50% completed. She will also buy 300 tiles, 15 metal sheets, and 10 square cuts of lumber to replace the roof on her home that has been damaged and stands to be further damaged with the coming rains. In this way she can increase her sales and income to have financial solvency, pay the household expenses, and help her nieces with their studies.

Luscinda wants to build another house because she has two nieces who are in public school where they live and it’s too far so she wants to give them shelter during rainy seasons.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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