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Maria Salome
María, 60, is a very hard-working woman who lives with her two older daughters who help her with family expenses. María works making tortillas, which she makes and sells in her house. This is quite a hard job since she must cook the corn, grind it down to make the dough and then spend four hours a day making the tortillas.

In spite of this, she feels very happy to have a stable business that allows her to have a humble but dignified life. María is requesting a loan from INTEGRAL so that she will have the help necessary to be able to buy firewood (with which she cooks the corn), and also to purchase lime and a larger quantity of corn to make more tortillas. In this way she can have more earnings that will be very beneficial to her.
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María de 60 años de edad, es una señora muy trabajadora que vive junto a dos hijas mayores de edad quienes le ayudan con los gastos familiares. María se dedica a la elaboración de tortillas, las cuales elabora y vende en su casa de habitación, este es un trabajo bastante duro ya que debe cocinar el maíz, luego molerlo para hacer la masa y posteriormente pasar una jornada de cuatro horas aproximadamente para hacer las tortillas, a pesar de esto ella se siente muy feliz por tener un negocio estable que le permite contar con una vida humilde pero digna. María solicita un préstamo a INTEGRAL, para contar con la ayuda necesaria para la compra de leña con la cual cocina el maíz, así mismo para comprar cal y mayor cantidad de maíz para elaborar más tortillas, ya que de esta manera ella podrá contar con más ganancias que serán de mucho beneficio.

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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
  • 714
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    El Salvador Loans Fundraising
  • $27,111,000
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Maria Salome to buy firewood and corn.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jan 9, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Feb 21, 2014