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María Magdalena
María Magdalena C. Z. is 35 years old and has three children (ages 17, 14, and 11) who attend school. She currently lives with her brother-in-law, who works as a tailor, since her husband is in the United States for work and sends home monthly remittances. María is an enterprising woman who does not like being idle. She works very hard to have a better life and build up savings for when her husband returns.


Maria manages a store where she sells bread, beverages, hair gels, and toothpaste. Her business is small, but she has every intention to make it grow. In the evenings, she prepares “pupusas” which are traditional in Salvadoran cuisine and made of corn, beans, and cheese, though they can be served with other ingredients. Maria operates both businesses from her home in the Department of San Miguel.


She is requesting a loan in order to buy food products such as eggs, bread, instant soups, and other items. Maria will also acquire ingredients in bulk for making pupusas, since they are in great demand because they taste good. She is determined to provide her three children with a better life and give them everything they need. They are the main reason why she continues to work and invest great effort every day.

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María Magdalena C. Z. de 35 años de edad, vive junto a sus tres hijos de 17, 14 y 11 años de edad, los cuales se dedican a estudiar, así mismo vive junto a un cuñado el cual trabaja como sastre, su esposo se encuentra en Los Estados Unidos, en donde trabaja para poder enviarle remesas a su familia. María es una mujer muy emprendedora quien no se cruza de brazos, sino que también trabaja mucho para poder tener una vida mejor y de esta forma ahorrar para cuando su esposo regrese. Ella posee una tienda en la cual comercializa pan, bebidas, crema para el cabello, pasta dental, es un negocio bastante pequeño, el cual tiene todas las intenciones de hacer crecer. Así mismo cada noche trabaja elaborando pupusas, las cuales son un platillo muy típico salvadoreño el cual se hace a base de maíz, frijoles y queso, y así mismo pueda llevar otros ingredientes, ambas ventas estan ubicadas en su casa de habitación en el departamento de San Miguel. María solicita un préstamo a través del cual pueda comprar productos alimenticios como huevos, más pan, sopas instantáneas y otros más, y también comprar mayor cantidad de materia prima para las pupusas, las cuales poseen gran demanda por tener un buen sabor. Ella se esfuerza mucho para poder contar con una vida mejor junto a sus tres hijos y de esta manera brindarles todo lo necesario a ellos, los cuales son la principal razón para seguir trabajando y esforzarse cada día más.

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About Apoyo Integral

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

  • $4,900
    Average annual income
  • 444
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $22,660,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped María Magdalena purchase merchandise for her store & ingredients for making pupusas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 25, 2010
Listed
May 27, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jun 16, 2011