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María Francisca
María Francisca L., 66, lives in Ilopango with a daughter. María has a pupusería, an eatery where she makes pupusas, mornings and nights.
[A pupusa is a thick, hand-made corn biscuit-like flat bread (made using masa de maíz, a maize flour dough used in Latin American cuisine) that is stuffed with one or more of the following: cheese (queso) (usually a soft cheese called Quesillo found in all Central America), fried pork meat ground to a paste consistency (called chicharrón, not to be confused with fried pork rind which is also known as chicharrón in some other countries), squash (ayote), or (pataste), refried beans (frijoles refritos), or queso con loroco (loroco is a vine flower bud from Central America). There is also the pupusa revuelta with mixed ingredients, such as queso (cheese), frijoles (beans), and chicharrón or bacon. Pupusas are similar to tortillas and especially to arepas. In fact, in El Salvador, normal tortillas are about the same diameter and thickness as pupusas, without the filling.)] She needs financing because she would also like to start to sell basic food items as well as to be able to buy ingredients, like corn, beans and rice, that she needs for her pupusas. María hopes to increase her sales to have a positive effect on her economic situation since, at her age, her wish is to be able to count on having the basic things necessary to live.
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María Francisca L. de 66 años de edad, reside en el municipio de Ilopango, vive junto a una hija. La señora María posee una pupusería en la cual elabora pupusas (comida típica salvadoreña, hecha a base de masa de maíz, rellena de frijoles, queso y chicharrón), en la mañana y en la noche. Ella solícita un préstamo, ya que desea poder empezar una venta de productos perecederos, así mismo tener la capacidad económica para comprar, maíz, frijoles y arroz para la elaboración de las pupusas. La señora María cuenta con la esperanza de poder aumentar sus ventas y esto verlo reflejado en su estabilidad económica, ya que a su edad ella espera tener una vida en la cual cuente con lo más básico y necesario para vivir.

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About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 667
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,152,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped María Francisca to buy ingredients for meal preparation.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Nov 20, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 15, 2010