Counting Chickens

Counting Chickens

Rosemary WerrettIn a worn down section of Sucre, Bolivia, 26-year-old Maria Garcia rises at 4 a.m. to make 400 chicken pies that will soon be consumed at her tiny storefront restaurant by hungry university students on their way to class. At 3 p.m., she will bake another 300 for sale to nighttime customers. A $70 loan from the micro credit organization Pro Mujer (For Women) paid for the small oven Maria used to launch her business. Through stupendous effort and more loans from Pro Mujer, the business now supports Maria, her 8-year-old daughter and two helpers. Maria is one of millions of micro entrepreneurs in Latin America and around the world, most of them women, who are slowly gr

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