A loan of $1,200 helped to buy raw materials, such as rice, flour, oil, eggs, among others.

Maria Mariana's story

María is 56 years old, and is happy, enthusiastic, and hardworking. She lives in Tulcán, and is married with 7 children, 3 males and 4 females, of which only 3 live with her: her 18 year-old son and 16 year-old daughter, who attend high school, and her 20 year-old daughter, who helps her in the store. She sells lunches, snacks, and empanadas in a small space in her zone, which is frequented by many customers. Though space is limited for serving them, it has not been a reason for things not to go well with her business. Her customers are not bothered by waiting a bit longer to be served the delicious seasoning that María puts in the foods she prepares. Previously, she solicited a loan from FODEMI through which she adjusted her location. Now she needs a loan to buy more raw materials to prepare food, such as rice, flour, oil, eggs, among others. Her dream is to have a bigger space where she can put more tables and serve her customers better.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Emily Moore

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