A loan of $550 helped to buy kitchen utensils.

Mariley's story

Mariley lives in an impoverished neighborhood of Sincelejo. She lives with her parents and five children in a house built with wattle and daub. She is separated, so she has to carry the weight all by herself. She makes a living selling rice-and-pork pies, which is a traditional dish popular with locals. She has been doing this for four years. This activity has helped her to have a roof over her head, and although she lives in humble conditions, she lives in peace and with dignity.

Mariley wants to improve her business. She prepares these pies in a wood-fired oven made with stones. She is requesting a loan to buy kitchen utensils such as pots and ladles. These utensils will help her to work more comfortably, because the ones she has now are in bad condition.

Her biggest dream is to give her children a dignified home built with solid materials. She is a hardworking woman with great goals in life and a strong will to get ahead.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Santiago Mejía Dugand

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