A loan of $400 helped to buy potatoes, avocados, queso fresco, etc.

Hilda's story

Hilda is 37 years old and married to Manuel, who is 45. Her house is made from wood and she lives there with her five children, two of whom are already adults and independent. Hilda's business is selling breakfasts from a cart. In the past, she was financially dependent on her husband as her job was caring for their children. However, as the children grew up, she decided to work outside the home in order to improve the family's financial situation.

Hilda used some money that she and her husband had saved up to buy her fast-food cart which she sets up outside the local school and sells to her customers who are students and teachers. She offers a wide range of quinoa-, maca root- and soy-based drinks as well as delicious bread filled with avocado, queso fresco (a soft, mild cheese), ham, etc. Every day, Hilda wakes up very early so that she can prepare her food. She does this because she likes offering her customers good-quality, fresh, good-tasting food. She always thinks of her family's future as she works and her main long-term goals are to make enough money to re-build their home from solid building materials and to improve their quality of life. She feels certain that she will achieve this as her children are her main motivation to keep going.

This is Hilda's first loan through Kiva and she is grateful for the trust that is being placed in her. She hopes to invest in improving her business and to make each of her monthly repayments on time. On this occasion, she needs 1,000 soles to buy supplies wholesale such as potatoes, avocados, queso fresco, etc. She obtains these supplies in the central market.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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