A loan of $600 helped to buy 10 sacks of corn and a truckload of firewood.

Cristina Aracely's story

Cristina is 37 years old and studied through the fourth grade. She is in a relationship and her partner works in masonry. Both of them are responsible for supporting their 14-year-old son, who is in the eighth grade. He is a very respectful and studious teenager.

Cristina has a stand where she works and sells tortillas. She has been in this trade for three years despite all of the efforts it took for her to get started. Cristina is a woman who does not go about her work with a begrudging look on her face. She says that all of her efforts are geared to contributing to the household income. Cristina learned this trade as a child from her mother, who encouraged her to go down the good path of responsibility and hard work. Her mother’s efforts were not in vain because she raised an exemplary daughter. Cristina was not involved in any other activities prior to establishing her tortilla stand. She works with the help of a woman who was also looking for someone to assist her with making tortillas. Cristina currently pays this employee to help her attend to all of the customers since there is already adequate demand. No one else is involved in the business. Her schedule begins at 3:00 A.M. when she has to wake up in order to prepare and grind the corn. By 6:00 A.M., she has everything ready to make and sells tortillas. She stops making sales at 1:00 P.M.

The loan she is requesting will be used to buy 10 sacks of corn and a truckload of firewood, which will be a good investment. The improvement that his loan will bring will enable her to buy sufficient supplies so that she can meet the existing demand. She can accomplish this by purchasing her everyday supplies at wholesale.

Her dreams include constantly growing her sales so that she can have more income. As a result, she would be able to cover her needs and those of her family. The profits would also be invested in her loan payments and the expansion of her business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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