A loan of $1,500 helped to buy a grill for making "pupusas" (corn-stuffed tortillas) and to repair fittings where she sells her product.

María Mercedes's story

María is 54 years old. She is single and has two children. Her son works but her daughter does not, as she is disabled. María was only able to complete up to the end of sixth grade. Three other people live with María. Her daughter is the only person that depends on María.

For 21 years María has made a living selling food. She learned this work at a restaurant specialising in "pupusas" (thick, corn-stuffed tortillas). María now sells "pupusas" and soups, though before she only sold "tamales" (a corn-based dish) and shaved ice snacks. María also works at the local community's town hall from 6am until 4pm and then goes home to run her business.

This loan will be used to buy a grill for making the "pupusas", as the one she currently has is in a bad condition and needing replaced. She will also use the loan to repair some of the fittings where she sells her product.

María hopes to continue working hard so as to maintain her daughter. She currently does not have anyone else to support her.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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