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Doris Elizabeth
Doris Elizabeth N. R. is 43 years old and lives in the state of San Salvador, with her parents, brother and four children: Norma, Gabreila, Berenice and Francisco, who are economically dependent on Doris. For more than 15 years she has made tortillas, in an area located above one of the principal streets in the capital of El Salvador, known as Alameda Juan Pablo Segundo. She makes the tortillas both at noon and in the afternoon, which guarantees a lot of customers and high sales. This is very important to her, as it is her only form of income since she is a single mother. For this reason, she is asking for a loan to purchase maize (corn) and lime to significantly improve her sales.

Maize and lime prices have recently risen. Lime, an ingredient that is used to cook the maize, is put into the fire along with the maize. The proportion that is used depends on if the maize is being used for tortillas or for delicious traditional tamales. Thanks to the lime, the maize sheds its shell, and is cleaned. Without the use of lime, Doris would have very grainy tortillas, and her sales would be greatly diminished.

One of Doris's biggest hopes is to help her business to grow and she is sure that with this loan she will be able to make this happen so that her family can live better.
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Doris Elizabeth N. R., de 43 años de edad, reside en el departamento de San Salvador, en donde vive junto a sus padres, un hermano y 4 hijos: Norma, Gabriela, Berenice y Francisco, quienes dependen económicamente de Doris. Ella se dedica desde hace mas de 15 años a la elaboración de tortillas, localizada sobre una de las principales vías de la capital de El Salvador, conocida como Alameda Juan Pablo Segundo, las hace, tanto al mediodía como también por las tardes. Lo que garantiza atender a más personas y de esta forma contar con más ventas, lo que es de mucha importancia para ella, debido a que es su única fuente de ingresos, como madre soltera. Por esta razón solicita un préstamo para poder comprar: maíz y cal para mejorar sus ventas significativamente. Maíz al por mayor, ya que ya empieza a subir de precios y La Cal, que es un componente usado para cocinar el maíz, se coloca al fuego el maíz junto a la Cal; la proporción que se usa dependerá de si el maíz se quiere para masa que usará en las tortillas o para deliciosos tamales típicos. Realmente gracias a la Cal se logra desprender en su cocción la cascara que trae el grano de maíz, lo limpia. Sin el uso de la Cal, Doris obtendría tortillas con mucha granulación producto de no limpiarlo bien, y sus ventas se verían seriamente disminuidas.
Uno de los deseos mas grandes de Doris es hacer crecer su negocio y esta segura que con este crédito se impulsará hacia dicho objetivo para que su familia pueda vivir mejor.

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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
  • 573
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $24,025,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Doris Elizabeth to buy maize (corn) and lime.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Feb 25, 2011
Listed
Mar 14, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Jan 15, 2012