A loan of $625 helped buy more pigs to butcher.

Zoila Isabel's story

Zoila Isabel G. M. is 54 years old. She started her business twenty years ago when her mother gave her a small pig that she fattened, butchered, and sold for the meat. With her earnings she bought a larger pig and started her business as a result. Now she sells chicharrones, pork, and chorizo sausage. She also makes chuchitos (cornmeal dumplings with a meat filling, similar to tamales). Her customers know her well and come to her house to buy these products.

She is requesting this loan so that she can take advantages of these months for buying more pigs. She has enough orders for meat products and needs sufficient capital to acquire these animals, which can cost between 1200 to 1500 GTQ each.

Sra. Zoila has eight children, but only two of her daughters are single and still live with her. They are learning the business while helping their mother. Zoila says she is happy to teach them a trade that can help them in the future. She wants to invest her capital well so that she can save some of her earnings and build up some nice equity over time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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