A loan of $1,050 helped to buy a refigerator and wholesale ingredients (meat, flour, cooking oil, vegetables, soda, coffee, etc.).

María De Los Santos's story

María, 48 years old, has been working selling food (from a food cart) since 1999. At the time her family was experiencing economic difficulty, so she started her business to help earn money to feed her 5 children and support her family's daily needs. Approximately 8 years ago, María became solely responsible for her family's well-being, as she suffered the loss of her husband. Nevertheless, despite the pain that she went through, she found the strength to move on. Motivated by her love for her family, she worked hard to grow her business and with the help of local authorities she managed to secure a fixed location from which to sell her food. This has helped her to attract more clients.

Currently, she is asking for a loan to buy a refrigerator and wholesale ingredients such as meat, flour, cooking oil, vegetables, sodas, and coffee among other items. With these goods she will be able to offer her clients better service and satisfy their demands. She will earn more money with which she will continue to support her children, as well as invest more in strengthening her business. In the future, she hopes that it grows to be large enough that it generates employment opportunities for others.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kaitlyn Godfrey

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