A loan of $325 helped to increase her merchandise.

Benedicta's story

Benedicta is 50 years old. She is the mother of 4 children, the eldest is studying in technical school and the youngest are on vacation. For the past 10 years she has sold chicken soup in the evenings on the corner of a park near her home, a business that she began because she had been in sales and it wasn’t very profitable. Therefore she felt obligated to change the area of her sales to drinks made from maca and quinoa (grains) and soy, accompanied by bread and cheese, with chicken, with eggs, or with hamburgers, in the park in the city of Santa Ana. For the moment this business is very profitable, in a day she sells about 50 soles just in the breads, and also she sells various sweets that she makes more income with. Her husband sells fruit, slices of watermelon at 50 centavos, their only tools of the trade are a tricycle and a cart to peel and cover the fruit. In the morning hours, Benedicta works frying the eggs, cutting the cheese, parboiling the chicken, etc. She also prepares the creams to finish the sandwiches, and from 1pm she begins selling until everything is finished. The hard part is that sometimes she doesn’t sell everything, then the next day she won’t do more preparation, despite this she is happy because she always gets better earnings compared to the soup that she used to sell. The money that she is asking for is to buy the sweets and the ingredients for her drinks and sandwiches.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jessica Kaminsky

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