A loan of $1,350 helped to buy wholesale products such as vegetables, meat, cooking oil, and sauces; to replace fixed assets including a deep-fryer and a grill.


Yolima Vanesa's story

Yolima, 35, makes a living from making and selling fried food such as empanadas, cheese sticks, sausage, and more. She completes this work from her home where she has help from her parents. The income that she earns contributes to household expenses. She learned this skill in an empirical manner, using trial and error until she got good results. Her primary challenge is the competition in this sector because there are many people with similar businesses. However, this doesn't stop her from advancing. Her enterprising attitude and her desire to improve led her to request a loan to buy wholesale products such as vegetables, meat, cooking oil, and sauces, and to replace fixed assets including a deep-fryer and a grill. This will provide her with the materials she needs to make her products and satisfy customer demand, especially on the weekends when she has more customers. This will increase her personal income and she will have the opportunity to keep growing her business. She dreams of positioning herself in the market offering excellent quality products that will be recognized and more profitable so she will have a better quality of life along with her parents.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Amy Polenske



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