A loan of $1,300 helped to purchase ingredients for making traditional Ecuadorian dishes.

Adriana Querida's story

In a town called Tierras Amarillas in the canton of Rocafuerte, the members of the credit group Mejorando El Futuro [Improving the Future] meet every fifteen days. This area is known for its agriculture since most of the inhabitants are involved in farming short-cycle crops.
Here lives Adriana, 58. She's married and has four older children. Two of her children are still at home and the youngest is in high school. Her husband works in agriculture.
Adriana is a very hardworking woman who likes to earn on her own so she helps her husband with the household expenses. She makes and sells corviche [mashed green plantains stuffed with tuna and fried], empanadas, tortillas made of yucca and corn, plus water, sodas, and juices. On the weekends she also prepares delicious dishes like the famous Creole chicken dishes that her are in-demand from her customers. She has had this business for seven years. She needs to succeed because her husband does not earn much in his work in agriculture.
This loan will be used to buy corn, yucca, peanuts, chickens, and other ingredients to prepare delicious dishes. She has been in this credit group from the beginning and likes the help that the loans give her. Her dream is to see that her daughter is a good professional.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Megan Hinrichsen

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