A loan of $675 helped a member for raw materials like: pork, rice, potatoes, firewood, etc.

Las 3 M Group's story

Blanca F. Montoya, Melania L. & Martha H. are the members of the 3M group. They are forward-looking, hard-working, very capable women. Mrs. L. has made nacatamales for the past 20 years. [A nacatamal consists of dough (masa) (made from nixtamalized corn flour, milk and lard mixed with ground potatoes, green peppers, onions, garlic, salt and spice) and a filling (relleno) consisting of pork or chicken, tomatoes, rice, garlic, onions, potatoes, and mint leaves. The filling may also include olives, raisins or fresh chile. It is wrapped in plantain leaves to give it a unique flavor, tied, and then steamed or pressure cooked for several hours]. This typical Nicaraguan dish is usually served, accompanied by tortillas or bread and coffee, for Saturday dinner or Sunday breakfast. F. Montoya began selling Avon products door-to-door last year and Martha H. sells tortillas, beans and cuajada (Cuajada is a soft type of cheese that is maybe similar to feta but much saltier and great to eat with gallo pinto or just beans alone).

In this group: Blanca , Melania , Martha

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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