A loan of $2,650 helped to buy fixed assets (freezer, grill, tables, chairs, and oven) and wholesale supplies (cold meats, salsas, soft drinks, oil, potatoes).


María Caridad's story

María is a 66-year-old woman, a mother, and the head of her household of four children, whom she has cared for since her separation from her husband. During the last six years of her working life she has been employed at a restaurant as a grill cook. This has given her a great deal of experience and knowledge about running that kind of business, which is why she wants to go out on her own and open her own fast-food business. She is taking advantage of an opportunity given to her by an acquaintance to take over a space to start her project. She wants to use the loan she is requesting to buy fixed assets (freezer, grill, tables, chairs, and oven) and wholesale supplies (cold meats, salsas, soft drinks, oil, potatoes), which will allow her to make her business idea a reality. She hopes to get very good results because of her ample experience with prepared foods and because she can count on the help of her two daughters. María's dream is to make her business a profitable source of income that will allow her to have the financial stability she needs to keep ensuring her children's wellbeing and to offer them a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Alyson Trowbridge



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