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María Elsy
Maria Elsy Q. Martinez is 49 years old and lives in the San Jorge municipality, in the department of San Miguel. She lives with her husband, who works with livestock. Maria owns a business that sells pupusas, hot chocolate, coffee and sodas. It is located in front of the San Jorge mayor’s office. This location has a great deal of foot traffic, mainly from employees on their way to work. In spite of all this, Maria’s work is very hard because not only must she make the pupusas, but day in and day out she must transport to her place of work the stove, tables, chairs, and the ingredients for pupusas. Maria is a woman who is always cheerful because she recognizes that her business is a blessing from God that allows her to give her husband the necessary help. She requests a loan through which she will be able to buy the basic ingredients for making pupusas, with the goal of having everything necessary to sell more of her product.
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María Elsy Q. M. de 49 años de edad, reside en el municipio de San Jorge, en el departamento de San Miguel. Vive junto a su esposo el cual se dedica a la ganadería. María posee una venta de pupusas, chocolate caliente, café y sodas, negocio el cual esta ubicado frente a la alcaldía de San Jorge, lugar el cual es muy transitado por las personas, las cuales en su mayoría son empleados que se dirigen a su trabajo. A pesar que el trabajo de maría es bastante pesado por el hecho que no solo debe hacer las pupusas sino que día con día debe llevar la cocina, mesas, sillas y todos los ingredientes para hacer las pupusas, hasta su lugar de trabajo, María es una mujer que siempre esta sonriente, ya que reconoce que su negocio es una bendición de Dios el cual le permite brindarle la ayuda necesaria a su esposo. Ella solicita un préstamo a través del cual pueda comprar materia prima para la elaboración de pupusas, esto con el fin de poder contar con todo lo necesario para vender más de su producto.

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Apoyo Integral (Apoyo) is a nonprofit organization offering financial products that enable clients to increase their working capital, purchase fixed assets, buy and remodel homes, expand agricultural business and more. The organization’s target group is businessmen and women who have already established their businesses but need financial support to strengthen or expand them.

Like Kiva, Apoyo is committed to empowering women involved in business activities in rural areas. Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to expand these services to an even greater number of poor clients in rural areas.

About El Salvador

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 730
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  • $26,267,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped María Elsy purchase drinks and basic ingredients for making pupusas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011