Evarista is from Mexico. She needs a loan of $550 to buy hot peppers, bananas, bananas leaves, meat, tomatoes, cooking oil, dough, seeds, cookies, feather chicken, tortillas, chocolate and gas .
Evarista is a 46 year old woman with an elementary school education. She is married to Domingo, who works in the field. They have 2 children: America, who is 19 and goes to college and Rosa Ines, who is 17 and goes to junior high. They live in Tembladeras del Castillo, located in one of the most important sugar cane producing precincts in the state of Oaxaca. Evarista started selling chickens, tamales and mole about 8 years ago as a way to earn some extra money to help her husband with the household expenses. They are unable to cover their basic needs with his salary alone.
Evarista gets up really early every day to clean and butcher the chickens. Then she prepares the food and puts it in plastic containers to sell. She visits her friends and neighbors’ houses and offers them her delicious tamales and mole. She has a reputation for being a great cook and for making delicious foods. With this loan, Evarista will buy hot peppers, bananas, bananas leaves, meat, tomatoes, cooking oil, dough, seeds, cookies, feather chicken, tortillas, chocolate and gas. She hopes that this investment will help the business succeed. Part of her profits go towards providing her children with a better quality of life and education. Another part is reinvested into her business.