A loan of $1,350 helped to buy wholesale supplies (oil, vegetables, sauces, waffle mix, butter, among others), to upgrade the space where she is located (put in a floor to level the work table and the deep fryer), and to upgrade part of the space to open a parking lot.


Gloria Catalina's story

Gloria is an enterprising woman. At 31 years of age, she makes a living working her own business of selling food. She is situated at the side of the highway that passes by the house where she lives in a well-known small town of the city. There, she works alone every day, selling waffles, fried foods, melt sandwiches, coffees, and other things.

The idea came out of the need to generate income to support household finances, since she was unemployed and job opportunities are very limited in the city. Her drive, determination and dedication have allowed her to get ahead, and her business has already been running for 9 months, and her customers from the area recognize her for the good products she offers.

She is now applying for a loan in order to invest it in the purchase of wholesale supplies (oil, vegetables, sauces, waffle mix, butter, and other items), to upgrade the space where she is located (put in a floor to level the work table and the deep fryer), and to upgrade part of the space to open an parking lot.

This will allow her to offer better service to her customers, because they will have the option to park their vehicles and enjoy the products on site. Furthermore, this will improve the image of the business, opening the possibility of attracting new diners, which will allow her to increase her sales and the income she receives from her labor.

This is how Gloria wishes to continue getting ahead and in the future, realize her dream of opening a restaurant in a commercial location, that would be more profitable and guarantee economic stability to be able to enjoy a better quality of life.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Deepa Ramesh



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