A loan of $800 helped to repair the refrigerator, buy supplies, and invest in her restaurant.

Teodora's story

Teodora is 62 and married to Luis, 63. They are content that their adult children Cesario y Carmen are hardworking people, thanks to the education and values they provided to them. They own a well-built house. After spending most of her life farming, Teodora decided to limit her workday and started selling regional dishes on weekends such as “Mondongo,” a peeled mote soup, in a comfortable space in her home.

For five years, she served neighbors, who came so frequently that her small business became a good income source. She wants to secure working capital to do small renovations such as repairing the refrigerator she uses for beverages like sodas and frozen drinks. The capital will help her pay food preparation costs and run the business smoothly.

She still likes to work hard, and she has used money she earned over the years to buy more crop land that she hopes to rent, along with that of her husband, to pay for their later years. With the 2,000 nuevos soles, she wants to repair the refrigerator she uses for her business and have working capital for her small restaurant.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer

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