A loan of $825 helped to make renovations to her restaurant.


Gladis María's story

Gladis Maria is a 41 year old single mother of two children. After her husband left, she assumed all the household obligations. She began working in the restaurant her mother owned for 30 years. Six years ago, Gladis took over ownership after her mother passed away. She works daily until 8:00 pm. Gladis' major obstacle is her competition since it is vastly commercial. However, she sees this as a great advantage as it forces her to be better and to be a pioneer in food service. Currently, Gladis is applying for this loan to renovate the restaurant. This will allow her to offer quality service and gain loyalty from her customers. She also hopes to better her quality of life and to be able to afford the opportunity for her children to have a superior education.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Carrie Straub



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