A loan of $775 helped to buy more ingredients for making meals, and a motor so that she can have potable water.

Karen Yesenia's story

Karen Yesenia is 31 years old, married, and has two children. She lives on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

Karen has a business selling food. She sells breakfast, lunches, baleadas (Honduran stuffed tortillas), pollo con tajadas (chicken with fried green plantain), etc. She has this business set up in her home, and the customers are her neighbors and passersby in the area. She says she says that her business is going well because every day there is a great deal of demand for the food. On some occasions she also sells food by order.

She has decided to request another loan from ODEF for 15,000 lempiras, as this is her second loan cycle. With the money she is going to buy the ingredients necessary for making the food, such as meats, condiments, grains, soft drinks, flour, lard, etc. With another portion, she is going to buy a motor so that she can have potable water, as she has had many problems, and this investment will solve them.

Her dream is to set up her business in a permanent location where there is more pedestrian traffic. This is so that she can obtain better earnings, which will allow her to improve her family's quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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