A loan of $525 helped to buy products such as rice, meat, and condiments among other items.

Zorayda's story

Forty year-old Zorayda is the single mother of two children, aged 17 and 9, with whom she lives in her own home.

Her business is selling food. To this end she rents out an establishment where she offers various typical Peruvian dishes. She prepares the most delicious stews as well as other foods that have become her customers' favourites.

Service starts daily at 7am with the preparation of breakfast and finishes around 3pm after having sold different lunches. She also offers soft drinks, beers, and a variety of flavours of juice.

She has been in business for more than 9 years. Her oldest daughter sometimes helps out and only in exceptional cases does she hire someone to help her prepare food.

What she likes most about her job is that it gives her the opportunity to do what she likes best. It also allows her to work to earn her own income, enabling her to cover her household's basic living expenses and meet her children's needs. Fortunately, things have been going well and she has a steady flow of customers.

On this occasion she will be requesting 1300 Peruvian soles. She is thankful to know that she has financial support. It provides a sense of certainty that she will continue to work.

With the amount she has requested she will buy ingredients and supplies that she uses daily to prepare her dishes such as rice, condiments, meat, oil and other items.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Huras

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