A loan of $250 helped to buy rice, oil, and potatoes wholesale.

Maria's story

Lourdes, 44, is a hardworking woman who very much wants to get ahead. She lives comfortably in her own house with Juan, who's a worker, and her three children, ages 18, 7, and 3.

The work she does is selling food such as "juanes" [a traditional dish] and grilled chicken. She sets up her table in front of her house and waits on her customers kindly and cordially. Her oldest daughter helps her prepare the food and wait on the customers, who are primarily neighbors and passersby.

She likes her business because it allows her to have an income with which to be able to cover the household expenses and the needs of her small child, her motivation for continuing to make progress. On the other hand, she doesn't like when the prices of ingredients go up, reducing her profits. She still considers her business to be profitable, though. She plans to continue and to maintain it, expanding with more tables and chairs for the greater comfort of her customers.

With the requested amount of 600 nuevos soles [PEN] she's going to buy rice, oil, potatoes, and other ingredients to make her dishes; she'll buy wholesale so she'll get better profits.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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