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Maria Del Carmen
María, 35, lives with her family. She earns a living making and selling "pupusas" [stuffed tortillas]. She has been doing this work for many years, so she has a lot of experience and steady customers who prefer her more every day. She's known as an enterprising, responsible, and very hardworking woman. She has very good personal references because it's very important to her for her customers to be satisfied with the service they receive, because only this way will she be able to keep them happy and wanting to return to her business.

She wants to expand her business, so she decided to ask Integral for a loan to invest in buying the supplies she needs to make pupusas: beans, cheese, rice, corn, cracklings, squash, cabbage, etc.

She hopes to become a greater priority, to increase her profits and improve her quality of life and her family's.
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María de 35 años de edad, habita junto a su familia. Ella se dedica a la elaboración y venta de pupusas. Tiene muchos años de dedicarse a esta actividad por lo que ya cuenta con mucha experiencia y con muchos clientes fijos que cada día la prefieren más. Ella se caracteriza por ser una mujer emprendedora, responsable y muy trabajadora. Cuenta con muy buenas referencias personales ya que para ella es muy importante que sus clientes estén satisfechos con el servicio que reciben ya que solo de esta forma logrará mantenerlos contentos y quedarán con ganas de regresar a su negocio. Ella desea ampliar su negocio y es por eso que decidió solicitar un crédito a INTEGRAL e invirtiendo en la comprar de los insumos necesarios para la elaboración de pupusas como: frijoles, queso, arroz, maíz, chicharon, tomates, ayotes, repollo, etc. Espera lograr una mayor preferencia y de esta forma aumentar sus ganancias y mejorar su calidad de vida y la de su familia.

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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

  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 719
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $26,296,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,000 helped Maria Del Carmen to buy ingredients for pupusas.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
12 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 17, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 18, 2013