A loan of $6,175 helped to achieve appropriate space, and purchase fixed assets (chairs, tables, display counters, an ice maker, a freezer, kitchen utensils, and a selection of inputs at wholesale (meat, grains, vegetables, oil, rice, pasta, and fruit, among others).

Gloria Patricia's story

Gloria is 35 years old and the single mother of 4 children. During her productive life, she has dedicated herself to working as an employee in various trades, or in the kitchen of various hotels, restaurants and locations. In this manner, she has generated income to cover the costs and necessities of her home. She has also acquired experience and knowledge concerning the management of these types of businesses. For that reason, Gloria has decided to become independent and generate income on her own account. She wants to start her own restaurant and she has acquired the land, with a large swimming pool with ample space surrounding it where one can enjoy a sunny day.

This has led Gloria to solicit a loan, to invest in the preparation of space and the purchase of fixed assets (chairs, tables, display cases, an ice maker, a freezer, and kitchen utensils) and a selection of inputs at wholesale (meat, grains, vegetables, oil, rice, pasta, and fruits, among others). In this manner she will be able to launch her business project and hopes it will generate good income, providing for the necessities of her home and the wellbeing and education of her children.

Gloria, with her enterprising spirit, her positive attitude, and her work ethic, dreams of making her business into a recognized location in the region, attracting many travelers who transit the zone. In addition, she desires to generate employment opportunities for mothers who are also heads of households. In this manner, she wants to have the capacity to stabilize the economy of her home and improve her family's conditions of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Harold Dana Sims, PhD

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