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A loan of $900 helped to buy furniture and equipment.


Isamary's story

Isamary is from Piedras Negras, where she has lived her whole life. She is a head of household and the mother of three daughters. Although she only went to primary school with hard work and dedication she has gotten ahead. When she was very young, she learned how to make nieves de garrafa [sherbets] and today it is a business that allows her to generate income to make her house payments and employ two people. She makes the nieve de garrafa and her worker take it to be sold. She owns two taxis, which she rents out and are worked 24 hours a day.

She is asking for support through Kiva to buy more containers to keep making her delicious nieves de garrafa. The ones she has have deteriorated. In the future she wants to expand her business with an established locale, always trying to offer the best nieves de garrafa and the most delicious ones in Piedras Negras.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue


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